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The Sweltering Sound of Chicha Libre

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Two Frenchmen, two Yankees, a Mexican and a Venezuelan walk into a bar… Amazonian-cumbia specialists Chicha Libre provide the deliriously danceable punch line to that multiculti setup every Monday night in the tiny back room of the Barbès nightclub, located in Brooklyn's decidedly temperate Park Slope neighborhood. Since 2005, when the group played its first gigs as the promisingly named Cumbia My Lord!, Chicha Libre has evolved from what vocalist, cuatro player and songwriter Olivier Conan… more »