The Roots of Chicha
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The Roots of Chicha

September 25, 2007

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  Song Title Artist
Sonido Amazonico Los Mirlos
Linda Nena Juaneco Y Su Combo
Cariñito Los Hijos del sol
A Patricia Los Destellos
Sacalo Sacalo Los Diablos Rojos
Ya Se Ha Muerto mi Abuelo Juaneco Y Su Combo
El Milagro Verde Los Mirlos
Para Elisa Los Destellos
Linda Muñequita Los Hijos del sol
Muchachita del Oriente Los Mirlos
Elsa Los Destellos
Vacilando Con Ayahuesca Juaneco Y Su Combo
El Guapo Los Diablos Rojos
Mi Morena Rebelde Eusebio y Su Banjo
Si Me Quieres Los Hijos del sol
Me Robaron Mi Runa Mula Juaneco Y Su Combo
La Danza de Los Mirlos Los Mirlos

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Barbès Records
  • Copyright: 2007 Barbès Records
  • Total Length: 57:22
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,649 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surf and garage-grunge hit South America 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro Sounds from Peru December 15, 2007
By BennyG
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Keep from Dancing November 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonates with a vibrant originality November 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Trippy and Wonderful April 5, 2014
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Highly recommended (natch, by me!). Good representation of bands and styles. Very listenable with good selections of sub-modes e.g amazon surf music, altiplano cumbias, psychadelic urban beach music. Use it as a take off point to explore more great music from a unique era in Peruvian's long musical tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. March 31, 2013
By Boony
Format:Audio CD
Came up on this joint for $1 at a yard sale. Had never heard of any of the stuff on it, an now is a favorite at the pad. Many authentic gems on here, sounds sooooo good. Makes me wanna travel ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!!! November 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surfing with the Incas June 20, 2012
By DJan
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
I think this album is excellent. It's a unique sound, with lots of rhythm, both indigenous and surf. Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by Pym9
5.0 out of 5 stars Anytime Favorite
All tracks on this album are winners. Relaxing and motivating at the same time. Classic. While working or driving, I'm always glad to hear these songs. It's a new favorite. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Bret A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chicha Music
I bought this CD jointly with the Juaneco y Su Combo Masters ov Chicha Vol.1 CD and it has been the best purchase yet on Amazon. Read more
Published on October 9, 2009 by Edward R. Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars love this cd
I love classic Cumbia, and I love classic Garage rock. SO Im thrilled to discover this intersection of styles. THe peruvian folk meoldies are an added bonus. Candy! Read more
Published on July 31, 2008 by ginsu
4.0 out of 5 stars The original is the best
This CD has an infectious quirky sound. Love it.
The kind of music you want at a party
Published on July 21, 2008 by Quilt artist
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric and fun.
This mixture of old and new themes in an upbeat salsa Peruvian style all its own.
Published on February 13, 2008 by Stacey Dee Maurer
5.0 out of 5 stars hot latin sounds!
This is a great set of songs perfect for listening to while cooking in the kitchen: spatula in one hand, margarita in the other and the urge to dance while you sautee.
Published on January 17, 2008 by Crescent Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get These Chicha's Out of my Head!
Most "world" music leaves me kind of cold, but this stuff is great. It's nice and tight, kind of weird and extremely danceable/hummable. I'm going around all day singing, "Nunca... Read more
Published on January 15, 2008 by K. Dain Ruprecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancerific! Fantastica! Yee Haw!
Really fun rhythmically for dancing (or reasonable facsimile thereof), plus sonically interesting, and some funny lyrics to chant and giggle. Read more
Published on January 11, 2008 by Osbert Ponder
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