Chicha Libre

Chicha Libre


Inspired by the 1970s Amazonian music craze that shares its name with a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas in pre-Colombian days, Brooklyn-based Chicha are here to intoxicate you with their potent mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop...


Chicha Libre draw their inspiration from... Chicha, a form of Peruvian music that emerged from the Amazon in the early '70s, loosely derived from Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but incorporating distinctive Andean melodies, some Cuban son and heady swirls of surf guitar, farfisa organ and moog synth. All in all, a sound which wouldn't seem out of place in the soundtrack of a Tarantino movie.
By combining covers of lost Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretations of '70s pop classics (such as 'Popcorn' and Joe Dassin/Toto Cutugno's 1975 hit 'Indian Summer'), and subtly executed cumbia takes on pieces by Satie and Ravel, Chicha Libre meld elegant homage with playful humour and a sublime twist of the new - pushing their music way beyond mere pastiche and into strange, sun-blanched epiphany.


"¡Sonido Amazonico!" CD - CRAW 53 CD, Crammed Discs, 2009

Set List

The group can play a typical 45 minute club sets - or much longer sets that can be geared towards dancing, party. Sets include: