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The Roots of Chicha

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Sonido Amazonico
Artist: Los Mirlos
2:35
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Linda Nena
Artist: Juaneco Y Su Combo
3:45
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Cariñito
Artist: Los Hijos del sol
4:05
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A Patricia
Artist: Los Destellos
3:14
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Sacalo Sacalo
Artist: Diablos Rojos, Los
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Ya Se Ha Muerto mi Abuelo
Artist: Juaneco Y Su Combo
4:09
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El Milagro Verde
Artist: Los Mirlos
2:43
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Para Elisa
Artist: Los Destellos
2:46
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Linda Muñequita
Artist: Los Hijos del sol
4:44
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Muchachita del Oriente
Artist: Los Mirlos
3:19
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Elsa
Artist: Los Destellos
3:38
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Vacilando Con Ayahuesca
Artist: Juaneco Y Su Combo
3:31
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El Guapo
Artist: Diablos Rojos, Los
3:23
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Mi Morena Rebelde
Artist: Eusebio y Su Banjo
3:21
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Si Me Quieres
Artist: Los Hijos del sol
3:09
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Me Robaron Mi Runa Mula
Artist: Juaneco Y Su Combo
3:07
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La Danza de Los Mirlos
Artist: Los Mirlos
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 57:22

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Richard Gehr

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Richard Gehr has been writing about music, culture, and travel for quite a while. He has been an editor for the Los Angeles Reader, Spin, and Sonicnet/MTV Inter...more »

04.22.11
Various Artists, The Roots of Chicha
2007 | Label: Barbès Records / Virtual

Chicha is the inexpensive fermented corn drink that's been an alcoholic staple of Andean life for millennia. It also signifies Peruvian cumbia, the South American nation's version of an irresistibly upbeat rhythm of infinite adaptability that originated in coastal Colombia (think ska with timbales). And while other regions of Latin American adapted cumbia with little alteration, Peru added low-budget keyboards (usually Farfisa organs), replaced Colombia's accordions with twangy, fuzzy, wah-wahing electric guitars and looked to… read more »

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oddly soulful and loads of fun

jsierra

The psychedelic rock-tinged cumbias on this set are loose, funky, yet substantial enough to hook the listener...irresistible!

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Peruvian wakeup music

YojoaDon

I've been a shortwave listener since the early 1970s. Chicha music is especially popular in the northern and eastern interior of Peru, i.e. the Amazon lowlands. The flute-and-panpipe music is more common in the Andean highlands. The small rural radio stations on Peru can only be heard in the USA during the early morning and again in the evening. Many a morning I've been up at 5 a.m. listening to chicha music, and it was worth it. So, download these songs and you won't have to get up at 5 a.m. to hear it. Los Hijos del Sol and Los Mirlos are especially good.

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Surf's Up in Lima!

tvhilton

Cumbia meets surf/psychedelic guitar meets Andean music. Everybody wins! It's all good, but my favorite tracks (the weirdest and wildest) are all by Los Mirlos, who are apparently the Kings of Chicha. (Look them up on YouTube--they have quite a few videos, and a pretty sizable following.) I also really like the Los Destellos tracks, especially Para Elisa--a surf/cumbia cover of...well, you'll recognize it soon enough. This is great stuff, danceable and catchy but with an exotic edge.

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Little Red Musette

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

"Quaint" hardly does justice to Barbès, my favorite New York bar and performance space. Located conveniently around the corner from my Brooklyn abode, Barbès is owned by a pair of French expatriates, Olivier Conan and Vincent Douglas. While both perform in a terrific fake cumbia band called Chicha Libre, Conan also plays in the French-Latin Las Rubias del Norte and produced The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru, one of the most mind-bending anthologies… more »