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The Roots of Chicha
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  • In the 1960s, as bossa nova and tropicalia enchanted the musical intelligentsia of the world, Incan musicians were exploring an electric version of cumbia called chicha--a bottom-heavy, dance-worthy style that incorporated some traditional Peruvian sounds with farfisa organ, electric guitars, and other signifiers of the psychedelic generation. The sound never caught on in a big way even in Peru, but spawned many garage bands and local stars.
  • This groundbreaking compilation from Barbes Records gathers classic examples of the musical form into one party-making dance album. The cheesy moments are plenteous, but mostly it's a fun ride and a learning experience.
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The Wire (p.69) - "Much about THE ROOTS OF CHICHA confounds and intrigues....Weird and wonderful sounds."

Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.62) - "[C]ertainly a contender from the musical find of the year. This impressive set collects music of the '60s and '70s made by indigenous grips from the Peruvian Amazon..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's what's going on top that grips: nonsensical organ solos, surf guitars and wah wah overdoses. Special praise is reserved for Eusebio Campojo, who will make you wonder why there aren't more banjo heroes in rock. Wonderful in a strange way."

Harp (magazine) (p.108) - "[H]ighly catchy, danceable, often funny music....THE ROOTS OF CHICHA compiles some of the most successful peddlers of chicha and their greatest hits..."
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