Monday, September 10, 2007

Psychedelic Andean Cumbias

Juaneco Y Su Combo

The music on Barbès Records' The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru, out Sept 25th, has been described "Psychedelic Andean Surf Rock," and the genre, Chicha, reportedly got its name from "a fermented corn drink associated with pre-Columbian indigenous people in the region."

According to the Barbès site:

Chicha started out in the late 60’s, in the oil-boom cities of the Peruvian Amazon. Cumbias Amazonicas, as they were first known, were loosely inspired by Colombian cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban guajiras, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, wah-wah pedals, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers.

Chicha, which is named after a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas, quickly spread to Lima. It became the music of choice of the mostly indigenous new migrant population – mixing even further with rock, Andean folklore and Peruvian creole music.

Curious to know what it sounds like?

Yeah, I thought so. Prepare for a potato sack full of fun.

Juaneco Y Su Combo - Ya Se Ha Muerto Mi Abuelo (mp3)
Los Mirlos - Muchachita Del Oriente (mp3)

Los Mirlos

Listen to more on the Barbes site. By the way, Barbes are the same fine folks who gave us Slavic Soul Party.

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