Barbes Records has exclusively licensed Electric Cowbell Records a song from the new Roots of Chicha 2 complilation. Chicha is essentially a sort of psychedelic cumbia-based music from the Amazon basin in Peru.
Incessant twangy surf guitar playing montunos alongside propulsive, percolating percussion is the modus operandi of a chicha group. On side A we have the hauntingly beautiful track by Los Ribereños “Silbando” that gets a tasty remix on the B-side by Brooklyn’s Greenwood Rhythm Coalition for NYC Trust.
Los Ribereños, led by John Beny, is another Peruvian 60s band which specialized in a mostly Cuban repertoire but gave it what we can, in retrospect, call a chicha twist. A the time of this recording, chicha was getting a little more syncretic, with an occasional Andean flavor, but guaracha (a mid-20th century Cuban style of music) remained its strongest element….and this chicha-infused guaracha 45 is destined to be a world-class psych burner classic!