2LP released: May 24, 2019
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1. Los Mirlos - Sonido Amazonico
2. Juaneco Y Su Combo Linda Nena
3. Los Hijos Del Sol (2) Cari Ito
4. Los Destellos Patricia
5. Los Diablos Rojos Sacalo Sacalo
6. Los Ribere Os Silbando
7. Compay Quinto El Diablo
8. Los Destellos Elsa
9. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical Mala Mujer
10. Manzanita Y Su Conjunto Agua
11. Los Destellos Para Elisa
12. Juaneco Y Su Combo Ya Se Ha Muerto Mi Abuelo
13. Los Ilusionistas Colegiala
14. Los Diablos Rojos El Guapo
15. Manzanita Y Su Conjunto El Hueleguiso
16. Juaneco Y Su Combo Vacilando Con Ayahuasca
17. Los Hijos Del Sol (2) Linda Mu Equita
18. Grupo Celeste Como Un Ave
19. Los Destellos Constelaci N
20. Los Wembler's De Iquitos La Danza Del Petrolero
21. Chacal N Y La Nueva Crema, A Trabajar
22. Los Shapis El Aguajal
23. Los Mirlos La Danza De Los Mirlos
Cat No: BR0032LP
Barcode: 0659123025713
Packaging: Double LP

Cultural phenomena streak through popular consciousness
like meteorites. There's a significant, even life-changing,
impact made somewhere, but for many it's only a moment
that flickers by, soon to be swallowed back into the
cosmos. Chicha might have been like that. Instead, a
once-obscure music that enjoyed a fanatic embrace in the
Peruvian slums of the 1970s has become a full-fledged
global occasion - thanks to the stunning success of a 2007
CD called The Roots of Chicha.
The album, released by the Brooklyn-based Barb s
Records, was a passionate act of cultural appreciation: a
heart-strong effort to turn the world on its ear with
something it had never expected to hear. It took listeners
back to the late 1960's, when a number of Peruvian
guitarists from Lima and the Amazon created a new electric
hybrid, which mixed cumbia, surf, Cuban guaracha, rock,
Peruvian folklore, and psychedelic touches. This new wave
of Peruvian cumbia came to be known as chicha. Scorned
by the middle-class and the official tastemakers, chicha
remained mostly associated with the slums of Lima, where
the ever-growing population of Andean migrants embraced
the music and its players as their own.
When Olivier Conan released the first volume of Roots of
Chicha in September 2007, he couldn't have foreseen the
kind of impact it would have. The musician, who co-owns
the club Barb s in Brooklyn and owns the label of the same
name, had fallen in love with the music on a trip to Peru in
the summer of 2006. Back in New York, he started his own
band, Chicha Libre, as an attempt to share his enthusiasm.
Then, he released a compilation of some of the best chicha
tracks from the '70s. The music quickly found an audience
in the US and in Europe. Musicians and DJs embraced it as
a lost link between rock and Latin cultures. Accolades
flowed from the New York Times, NPR, Le Monde, El
Comercio and the BBC. One of its songs was covered by
the band Franz Ferdinand, actor Elijah Wood praised it
profusely in an interview to Paste magazine. Chilean rock
group Los Tres gave a copy of the record to then-president
Bachelet, which somehow became national news.