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Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru

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In the early 70 s a new sound grew out of the booming cities of the Peruvian Amazon. Chicha, as it came to be known, modeled itself on Colombian Cumbia music but replaced the accordion with surf guitars, and incorporated the psychedelic sounds of Farfisa organs and Moog synthesizers as well as Cuban Guajira,and the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies. Unlike other modern hybrids, such as Ska or Brazillian Tropicalia, the music never crossed international borders. This is the first ever Chicha compilation to be released outside of Peru.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barbes
  • ASIN: B000V8MR7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This collection mines a style of music that, by the compiler's own admission, has never had much of a following outside of the poor barrios of Peru, where it first emerged in the late 1960s. "Chicha" is a Peruvian variant on Columbian cumbia, in which manic accordions are replaced by gritty electric guitars, and the tempo is kept relatively slow. The style evolved from the introduction of cheap, loud, portable modern instruments such as the Farfisa organ and electric guitars, which lent the sound of yanqui rock to local scenes, but were also easily adapted to local styles. The tracks on this album were all recorded between 1966-78, when rock-flavored experimentation was exploding across South America. Like cumbia, this was party music, made for people to dance to, and although it was frowned on by urban sophisticates and never made it beyond a limited regional influence, the good-timey vibe persists, all these decades later. Put it on, crank it up and you'll find yourself tapping your toes and wiggling your hips in no time at all... (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BennyG on December 15, 2007
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While the cumbia originated in Columbia, today variations of cumbia have been adopted all over Latin America - from Argentina in the South to Mexico in the North. This collection of Peruvian Cumbia has a unique and somewhat grungy/psychedelic sound. The music feels experimental and somewhat unformed, similar to the Cuban music performed by early West African pop bands of the same period.

If you enjoy these chicha selections, also recommended is an excellent compilation roots bachata from the Dominican Republic:
Bachata Roja: Acoustic Bachata From the Cabaret Era

And you'll find striking similarities between Chicha and the psychedelic guitar vibes of this Senegalese 1970s live Baobob recording: N'Wolof
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Bragin on November 25, 2007
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Columbian Cumbias, recreated by urban Peruvian Bands, great lively music collected by the owner of one of the hippest bars in Brooklyn, who has also formed a group to perform this music, and has put out this disc on his own label.

For anyone into dancing, and contemporary Andean music this is a great find, and kudos again to Amazon for making it so easy to find this fairly obscure disc.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2007
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The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru is an album of "cumbias amazonicas", a fusion of Peru's indigenous melodies, Colombia's cumbia rhythm, rock and roll organ-playing, and surf rock wah-wah pedals. The resulting music has become an audible symbol for the indigenous population's transition to urban living, and resonates with a vibrant originality. The Roots of Chicha showcases tracks by six different bands: Los Mirlos, Juaneco y Su Combo, Los Hijos del Sol, Los Destellos, Los Diablos Rojos, and Eusebio y Su Banjo. The thriving beat of the album, reminiscent of Jamaican Ska or Congolese Soukous, is sure to capture the pulse and spirit of the listener. The tracks are Sonido Amazonico (2:35), Linda Nena (3:45), Carinito (4:05), A Patricia (3:14), Sacalo Sacalo (3:04), Ya se ha muerto mi Abuelo (4:09), El Milagro Verde (2:43), Para Elisa (2:46), Linda Munequita (4:44), Muchachita del Oriente (3:19), Elsa (3:38), Vacilando con Ayahuesca (3:31), El Guapo (3:23), Mi Morena Rebelde (3:21), Si Me Quieres (3:09), Me Robaron mi Runa Mula (3:07), and La Danza de Los Mirlos (2:49). Highly recommended for public library and ethnic music collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJan on June 20, 2012
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Like the homemade fermented maize liquor from which this Peruvian music got its name, Chicha is heady, homemade, a bit rough, popular and very Andean. Brewed in oil towns in the late sixties, Chicha was a Peruvian take on the loping rhythms of Colombian cumbia which spilled southward over its common border. But what the Peruvians did is to substitute Dick Dale-style surf guitar for Colombia's signature Hohner accordians, introduce Farfisa organs or cheap synths, recapitulate Peru's own melodies and drench this mash-up with reverb and wah-wah pedal. Little wonder that this superb compilation of tracks from 1966 to 1978 is subtitled "Psychedelic Cumbias of Peru". Some of the bands represented are overtly psychedelic (notably Juaneco Y Su Combo, whose guitarist Noe Fachin was nicknamed El Brujo, after his penchant for using the amazonian hallucinogen ayahuasca to find deeper knowledge). Apart from Juaneco, my favorite bands in this collection are Los Mirlos and Los Destellos (whose track 'A Patricia' has always been a crowd-pleaser at DJ gigs). Scorned in its time by urban Peruvians as crude and lower class, Chicha has since been embraced as part of the national identity. It is fresh, warped dance music for the masses which somehow transcends its mixed roots, class and national origin to challenge the over-polished americanized product dominating airwaves around the world. I fully concur with Robert Christgau's opinion that this generous seventeen track release from Barbes Records is "the most cheerful substyle to emerge from the nether regions of "world music" in years". My only complaint is that my glass somehow emptied too quickly and I want more...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ltd2mp87 on November 5, 2012
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My boyfriend (major musicophile) found this on the net somewhere and ordered it, and it turned out to be my favorite of his musical finds.
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