"The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru (Barbes Records)" - Various Artists

Various Artists
  • artist:Various Artists
  • featured artist:Various Artists
  • release year:2007
  • style(s):Cumbia
  • country:Peru
  • formats:CD (Compact Disc),
  • record posted by:Rock Paper Scissors
  • label:Barbes Records


On the edge of the Amazon in the ’60s, a sound emerged that united Peru’s indigenous melodies with Colombia’s highly-danceable cumbia rhythm, surf rock wah-wah pedals, and rock and roll’s organ-playing. These cumbias amazonicas migrated to Lima and became chicha, the soundtrack of empowerment for the era’s newly urbanized indigenous population.