Miramar, the bolero side project from members of Richmond, Virginia, -based salseros Bio Ritmo, is not so much a side thing anymore–at least not in our view. Since the debut of their LP Dedication to Sylvia Rexach (Barbes Records) in 2016,... Read Article
Arizona is bringing some heavy chicha to you this winter! If you aren’t familiar, chicha is a Peruvian-styled cumbia that gained traction in the 1960s. Mixing rock n roll with a psychedelic sound – as per all the... Read Article
Picture yourself in a rural Chilean Andean town, or even in the highlands of Mexico, it’s carnival season and you are immersed in a colourful and warm-sounded rhythm with no chance of not dancing. This is what Chico... Read Article
The roots of Peruvian music are inspiring fresh new fusions from fertile bands like Bareto, Pangolin Sound System and Chintatá. It’s not just about them putting value in their immensely rich musical traditions, it’s about the knowledge, the... Read Article
Sometimes I feel as if Chico Trujillo were a band born to alleviate the current lack of troubadours in contemporary Latin American music. This is not to say that there aren’t (hip hop, cumbia and folk artists have... Read Article
REVIEW Chicha Libre – Canibalismo
If Pulp Fiction had been a South rather than North American production, there is no doubt it’s soundtrack would have oozed chicha. It’s not hard to see why the music has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent... Read Article
MIXTAPE Roots of Chicha Mixtape
It seems like a while since we last featured chicha on the site, which is why we thought we’d bring you this little mix of tracks off The Roots of Chicha releases for this week’s mix.
REVIEW Nation Beat – Growing Stone
Growing Stone begins with the maracatu meets New Orleans energy of “Puxa O Boi”, which with it’s funky guitars comes across as a pacified Chico Science e Nacao Zumbi. It’s followed by “Bicu De Lambu” which plays forró... Read Article
Nation Beat are a due based in the US who combine maracatu (and other rhythms from northeast Brazil) with styles from America’s deep south; cajun music, zydeco, country. It may sound like an incongruous mix, but it works.... Read Article
Having recently played to an adorning mass at this years first Lollapalooza Festival in Santiago, Chile, nine-piece Chico Trujillo are bound for even greater things on the international music stage.
Two weeks ago we announced that Roots of Chicha would be released as a vinyl this month. Now, we have details of a special launch party at DROM in New York City.
Peruvian cumbia DJs rejoice! It has just been announced that Roots of Chicha will be released on vinyl by Barbés Records on July 19th.