Friday, November 30, 2007

The Roots of Chicha

How do you dance?

Don't tell me you don't. C'mon...get a little liquor in ya...start doing the honky knee bends or the foot-to-foot pogo...maybe the Elaine Dance...

Well, deny all you want but put on this and then try to sit still...and dig the label's description of the record:
"Chicha started out in the late 60’s...incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban guajiras, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, wah-wah pedals, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers...Chicha, which is named after a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas...became the music of choice of the mostly indigenous new migrant population – mixing even further with rock, Andean folklore and Peruvian creole music...like Jamaican Ska or Congolese Soukous, Chicha is western-influenced indigenous music geared toward the new urban masses who wholly identified with the new hybrid. Chicha is at once raw and sophisticated - and until now, it had never been released outside of Peru.

Dig!

A Patricia by Los Destellos and Ya Se Ha Muerto mi Abuelo by Juaneco Y Su Combo
from The Roots of Chicha