The 1960’s gave rise to a very particular and unique sub-genre of cumbia in South America. It combined the electric guitars of the rock ‘n roll generation with the traditional Andean music of Peru. It also employed the use of synthesizers for its melodies over the more traditional accordions utilized in Colombian cumbia.
Peruvian cumbia, or chicha as it’s more affectionately called, has always been somewhat popular in and around South America. It overlaps with surf rock, psychedelic rock and Amazonian sounds. However, in the last 10 years or so, chicha has experienced an unexpected renaissance in the United States.
Bands like Chicha Libre from Brooklyn, La Chamba Chicha from LA, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquestra from Chicago, and Money Chicha* out of Austin, have demonstrated that this infectious style of cumbia, has an audience in the States and could possibly grow into a strong musical movement with many other bands in the wings. [Read More]