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The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru

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  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barbes Records
  • ASIN: B000V8MR7A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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File under : World / Peru. In 2007, Barbès released a first compilation, The Roots of Chicha it was the first time the music was ever anthologized outside of Peru and the record quickly became a cult in both South and North America and gained fans as diverse as Alex Kapranos, of Franz Ferndinand, Elijah Wood, Howe Gelb, of Giant Sand or Pedro Almodovar who used one of the tracks for the credits of his movie 'I'm so Excited'. At the end of the 1960's, in the Amazonian cities of Pucallpa and Iquitos as well as in Lima, Peruvian musicians discovered electricity and Ayahuasca.. Armed with Farfisas, electric guitars, fuzztone and wah pedals, they started mixing cumbia, psychedelic rock, Surf, Huayno - from the highlands, Carimbó from the Brazilian Amazon, Classical music, guaracha, boogaloo and other exotic sounds mostly gleaned from radio broadcasts. Chicha was born: a new hybrid that owed its name to the Inca's favorite brew and had become a symbol of pre-colombian pride among poor migrants who made it their music of choice even though it remained totally ignored by official Peruvian institutions and the privileged Peruvians who control them. The Roots of Chicha Vol. 1 gathers some of the most defining chicha pioneers: Los Destellos, Los Mirlos, Juaneco y su Combo, Los Diablos Rojos, los Hijos del Sol. Tracklisting 1. Sonido Amazonico 2. Linda Nena 3. Cariñito 4. A Patricia 5. Sacalo Sacalo 6. Ya Se Ha Muerto mi Abuelo 7. El Milagro Verde 8. Para Elisa 9. Linda Muñequita 10. Muchachita del Oriente 11. Elsa 12. Vacilando Con Ayahuesca 13. El Guapo 14. Mi Morena Rebelde 15. Si Me Quieres 16. Me Robaron Mi Runa Mula 17. La Danza de Los Mirlos

Review

"jovial, folksy tunes arriving via vintage technology that sounds even woozier now than it did in its day." --The New York Times

"one amazing listen" --Time Out Chicago

"tantalizing hybrid of the familiar and the new"
--Pitchfork Media

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I heard this music on myspace and instantly fell in love with it. When I read the review below, it quite saddened me and I felt this music needed to be spoken well off. It is often a shame when people believe that their opinions are the only ones that matter and everyone else may as not exist, to the level that they have to dehumanise the efforts and artistic expressions of other human beings....(artistic fascism.) There is nothing more inhumane than this view. To me, this music IS "angelic" and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I admit that it might not be for everyone. (Bob Marley's my favourite and yet a couple of my really close friends just can't get into him.)Everyone's different, get over it. However, only a fool will find himself ripped off after buying this CD. Why? Because there are samples of it all over the inernet. I listened to all 17 of them and decided I liked it before buying. If you don't like the samples, don't buy the CD. Pretty common sense, if you ask me. One note I will make, though, is that just as with all pop culture buzz words, everyone has their own interpretation of what psychedelic means. If your version is the typical psych cliche of this: 1.One day, boy or girl decides they need to experience more, 2.They encounter some drug, particularly LSD 3. They decide to take it 4. Now the universe will never be the same and they can never go back and they've seen the sham of our existence and they could only figure out what thousands have figured out without drugs by the use of LSD and there's only one thing left to do 5. write a 20 minute rock opus with fuzz and wah and flanging and all the effects that everyone else is using at the time and tell the world what a strange trip it's been, only to burn out after that...well you won't find this cliche here.Read more ›
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This is a really great compilation. Great for parties! Don't know what the other review on Amazon is on about this is fantastic. The guitars are great. I DJ as a bit of a hobby for friends, and trust me, I've had people dancing around to these tunes to abandon, great stuff. If you like the Panama compilations, Disco Fuentes stuff or latin music in general I suggest you give it a whirl.
Some of my favourite tracks on this are Carinito, El Milagro Verde, and of course Para Elisa, Beethoven's For Elise latined up, nice.
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I bought this item on the recommendation of a fellow member of a Psych internet group. I was intrigued by the idea of a mixture of latin music and screaching surf guitars and wailing farfisa organs. I have NEVER been so disappointed by a cd in my life. It's basically very poor cumbias played by musicians of very poor standard, with the odd interjection of appallingly played electric guitars and totally out of place farfisa. This was junk music played by people trying to earn a bit in the oil fields of Peruvian amazonia. Playing the drunken workers on the weekend - a latter day Peruvian Deadwood no less. To people starved of all that is human and working arduous hours in very inhospitable conditions it may have sounded angelic, but in the cold light of day it sounds horrible. The only thing remotely psychedelic about this is that after you have listened to it , it feels like a bad trip. Avoid like the plague
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 reviews
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surf and garage-grunge hit South America 21 Oct. 2007
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
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)
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro Sounds from Peru 15 Dec. 2007
By BennyG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Keep from Dancing 25 Nov. 2007
By D. Bragin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfing with the Incas 21 Jun. 2012
By DJan - Published on Amazon.com
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...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonates with a vibrant originality 4 Nov. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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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