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Chicha Libre

About Chicha Libre: 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 French-tinged originals, re-interpretation of 70’s pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie and Ravel.
Chicha is 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.

Chicha Libre was started as a way to pay tribute to the music. The group includes musicians associated with the Brooklyn barb?s scene (which is co owned by two of the musicians in the band: Olivier Conan and VIncent Douglas) and includes Keyboardist Joshua Camp, who is one half of lit-rock group One Ring Zero and plays an antiquated accordion/organ hybrid manufactured by Hohner called the Electravox; Olivier Conan (who also play with Las Rubias del Norte) on Cuatro and vocals; Bassist Nicholas Cudahy whose former band, Combustible Edison, knew a thing or two about pop syncretism; Guitarist Vincent Douglas (of bands B?b? Eiffel & The Humphries) and veteran percussionists Greg Burrows (Andy Statman) and Timothy Quigley (Romashka).


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