Chicha Libre plays a mixture of Latin rhythms, Surf music and Psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from the Amazon. The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with re-interpretation of 70s pop classics and French-tinged cumbias.
Chicha is the name of a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas in pre-colombian days. Chicha is also the name of a South American music craze which started out in the early 70's in the Peruvian Amazon.
Cumbias Amazonicas, as they were first called, were loosely inspired by Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban son, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers.
The band features Josh Camp of One Ring Zero on the Electravox; Olivier Conan, of Las Rubias del Norte, on Vocals and Cuatro; Combustible Edison's Nick Cudahy on bass; Vincent Douglas on guitar, and Greg Burrows and Neil Ochoa on percussion.
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