During my youth in the early 80’s in Lima I remember walking to the farmers market across from my grandmas home and observed all the “carretillas” (produce carts) playing their small radios am/fm listening to Huayno (Andes Music) or Chicha (Peruvian Cumbia). In those times, Chicha wasn’t my cup of tea but I was able to listen to it almost everyday, coming out of fruit vendors, emoliente carts, bodegas and the small rooms in every home that housed a maid. Most of the citizens of Lima are now families that migrated from the Andes region. Huayno is their main musical inclination since the day they are born. It’s a tradition in every Andean city to have music roots and continue the tradition. As this families relocated to the capital, so does their music and traditions, norms and values. The changes are uplifted with new instruments and modern sounds which the capital shares with it’s population. Chicha is born from the people, the artist are part of the general people that migrated to the capital there is no higher status within the population and the artist in the Chicha community. That is why its sounds is so true and pure, with no gimmicks nor false stories.
Los Jharis are that product of the migration to Lima. Their sounds and lyrics are part of the everyday life, about the families that left their lands and homes to live in the capital and seek a better future and work.
Guitarist Teo Laura who played with Peruvian bands, Los Blue King de Ñaña and Los Sander’s, now plays with Los Jharis De Naña, is one of the rawest Chicha artist in the industry he is a product of that migration to Lima.
His guitar sounds are distinguish in the streets of Lima as “Cumbia Carretera” he is proclaimed to be the king of that Chicha style. And this LP confirms that title to Maestro Laura to us. Starting his musical career in 1973, with the band Los Blukins De Naña with the hit song “El Rey Loco” (The crazy king), then in 1975 he formed part of the band Los Sander De Naña with the songs “Si ya te vas” & “Quiero Emborracharme”, then in 1982 he formed part of the band Costa Azul followed by Los Jharis De Naña during the same year.
The Carretera Cumbia or Carretera Style comes from Rock, Balada and Guaracha, it was born in 1972 during the years of Los Blukins De Naña (1st band), this style is born also the city of Naña carried by Pascualito and Teodoro Arellano which are singers from born in Naña.
Masstropicas continues its mission in preserving the roots of Peruvian dance artist from the genre that transcends feeling with its rhythmic power… It just gets in you, Cumbia, Chicha whatever we want to call it.
This LP was released in the 80’s on cassette and now is pressed onto vinyl for your collection and listening pleasure. A sound that you’ll need to experience sometime in your life. Mike P’s vision of choosing the right releases, pushes us to continue to support an independent record label that strives to create awareness for a better overstanding a culture and it’s people, which in some way has been forgotten, unappreciated and uncompensated by the new promoters of the “cumbia movement”.
Learn your roots of Chicha with Masstropicas and listen to this LP by Los Jharis De Naña.
Renz De Madrugada