Originally posted on January 3, 2008
Between 1968 and 1978 a number of Peruvian bands recorded a series of electric-guitar oriented cumbias that have now been issued in the US as a CD (The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru) (Barbes). Although not really psychedelic, the music reflects the influence of the rock of the period. It also incorporates traditional Peruvian music, flavors of African highlife, salsa, ska and Congolese soukous. It is an intriguing and varied mix of musical sounds and rhythms. The CD offers music different from the everyday fare and a refreshing listen.