New Album in 2012!

Chicha Libre will be releasing a follow-up to its first release, Sonido Amazonico, on May 8th of 2012 (Crammed Disc/Barbès). The new album , Canibalismo, will feature cumbias new and old, familiar and adventurous, many of which were inspired by the bandʼs travels in South America and its encounters with the various strains of new Tropical music.

At its core, the music remains a mixture of latin rhythms, surf and psychedelia inspired by Peruvian music from the Amazon.
The Brooklyn collective is made up of French, American, Venezuelan and Mexican musicians who mix up covers of Peruvian Chicha with original compositions in French, Spanish and English, re-interpretation of 70ʼs pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by the likes of Satie, Love and Wagner.

While Chicha Libreʼs repertoire has evolved from the Peruvian canon that inspired them, the sound and approach are completely indebted to the Peruvian bands it originally emulated. On Canibalismo, inspired by the Cultural Cannibalism dear to the Brazilian tropicalists and the production values of late 1960ʼs rock bands, Chicha Libre pays homage to the likes of Ranil, Los Mirlos and Los Shapis, but mixes it up even more by combining mellotron and other vintage synths with Guinean guitars, treated percussion, fuzztone and some R.D Burman inspired arrangements.

2011 was a busy year for Chicha Libre which performed around the world, including Turkey, The UK, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, the US, Canada and, of course, Peru. The band showcased at WOMEX, in Copenhagen, and Globalfest, in NYC. They have played in Los Angeles with guitarist Jose Carballo, of Chacalon y la Nueva Crema fame, in Lima with Los Shapis and in Berlin with Ranil, the legendary cumbiero from Iquitos. They have toured with cambodian psych-band Dengue Fever and shared the stage with bands as varied as Brazilian Girls, The Skatalites, Frente Cumbiero and the Orchestre Poly-rythmo de Cotonou.

Chicha Libreʼs music has been featured in the TV show Weeds and a Simpsons 20th anniversary special in which they were asked to play the Simpsons theme “chicha” style alongside the likes of Red Hot Chili Pepper and ZZ Top. They have also scored a Vaclav Havel play which was performed at Colombiaʼs Miller theater in the authorʼs presence and two Charlie Chaplin films which they performed at NYʼs prestigious Merkin Hall. Their first CD, Sonido Amazonico, is available from Barbès Records in North America, Crammed Disc in Europe and Random Records in South America.


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