You know one of the greatest things about South America and the South American people and which they share in common with peoples’ in Africa, Asia and the Middle East is that they know how to be hospitable and generally always welcome you with warmth in abundance.
I am a product of the West but with Asian rootz and I’d like to think my heart and soul belongs to and is inspired by the South American, Middle Eastern, Asian and African peoples’ ideological natural sense of warmth and hospitality.
So that brings me onto how I discovered this band. A lovely facebook friend of mine, JESSICA BARROS introduced me to this great band and I’ve been hypnotized ever since I heard them.
It’s a Peruvian band with CHINESE rootz making Psychedelic Cumbia with surf guitars and wonderful mind-blowing percussion, take a listen first via these video’s!
Here’s what I found out about the band via Wikipedia:
This group was started in the city Amazon from Pucallpa to early 60, and was founded by John Wong Paredes, a Chinese and saxophone enthusiast who made his living as a brick maker. At that time they called themselves and their Joint Juaneco.
In 1966, the son of John, John Wong Popolizio, joined his father’s band as accordion player and the sound slowly began to change. In 1969, John Wong father leaves the group and spends the post at the direction of the group to his son, who changes his name to .
The first group was recruiting new Fachin Noe, a guitarist forties who worked as a teacher in public school and “rapids” as native music guitarist. Noe was a talented musician and contributed greatly to the group with his extensive knowledge of music. In the next ten years, became the main songwriter and lead guitar in the group.
They were the first band formed in Pucallpa, the pioneers of cumbia in eastern Peru, with a sound reminiscent of the way obliged to his homeland, as printed in its themes typical of the joy the people of that area country.
They came to play in other countries, including Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil.
Their appearance was at the time of economic boom in the Peruvian jungle, with the oil boom. As they sang to the richness of its soil, the power of their land, and the joy they felt because, as they themselves say, Peru had finally turned to see the often forgotten jungle.
The year of 1970 they recorded their first album 45 RPM, with the topics The Feast of San Juan and I stole my Runa Mula, due to the great success they recorded their first Long Play, entitled The Great Chieftain, which included classics such as Women spinning (folk cover of Brazil Mulher Rendeira), The Little Mermaid and Vacilando Enamorada with Ayahuasca.
Then came another LP all with great success, as Dale Juaneco, Traveling Through the Jungle, Here are … los Reyes de la Selva , entre otros. Kings of the Jungle, among others.
Along with The Blackbirds are the main exponents of so-called Green Power.
Among the most important attractions of the group highlights the appreciation of the typical costumes of the area, as well as the traditions and beliefs of a region full of magic and charms such as the Peruvian Jungle.
On May 2 of 1976, when returning from a presentation by Labor Day in the city of San Ramon, Chanchamayo, five members boarded the plane that would take them back to his hometown, Pucallpa. The aircraft suffered a malfunction and crashed, causing the death of all occupants. Those who boarded the aircraft was on account of travel to Lima to pick up an LP that had just recorded, were John Wong Paredes, Wilindoro Cacique, Rosendo Hidalgo, Juvencio Pinchi, who learned of the tragedy the next day.
On the death of most of its members, the group is back together and entered the second generation of musicians like Fernando Mora Insua on lead guitar.
In some schools in the Ucayali region, students take as part of their studies, research on the history of Juaneco y su Combo.
Wow, what a story, Chinese rootz, Green power, plane crashes AND some of the most stunning Psychedelic Cumbia I’ve ever heard!
Grab a few tracks here from the above album: