Manzanita y su Conjunto “Agua” MP3 from Roots of Chicha 2- 19 September, 2010
Olivier Conan’s The Roots of Chicha compilations have single-handedly created a chicha craze both internationally and within Peru itself. The music featured on these compilations, known as chicha, Peruvian cumbia or pyschedelic cumbia, was born in Peru in the late 60s when the emergence of amplifiers meant that musicians could let loose in ways that an acoustic guitar just can’t do. Popularity followed throughout the 70s and into the 80s when the style changed somewhat with more use of keyboards, synthesisers and other digital equipment. It seemed to have disappeared in the 90s but now thankfully it is back following the release of The Roots of Chicha in 2007. Now, we’re onto the second volume entitled The Roots of Chicha 2, still mining quality chicha tracks from the 60s and 70s but this time with less of a focus on Amazonian chicha, as on the first volume, instead shedding a light on music from the cities as well as the odd gem from the Andes.
Here is one of the many charming tracks from the new album; Manzanita y su Conjunto‘s “Agua.”
Download: Manzanita y Su Conjunto “Agua”
Berardo Hernandez formed Manzanita y Su Conjunto in 1969. He was considered one of the pioneers of chicha music, along with Enrique Delgado (from Los Destellos). The band’s sound is characterised by the use of farfisa organ in the rhythm section as well as the solid guitar-playing of Berardo, always trying new things while remaining tight as a nut.