LOS RIBEREÑOS “Fiesta de Callejon”, Perù (download track)
Chicha is essentially a sort of psychedelic cumbia-based music from the Amazon basin in Peru. Incessant twangy surf guitar playing montunos alongside propulsive, percolating percussion is the modus operandi of a chicha group.
Los Riberenos, led by Jhon Beny, is another Peruvian 60s band which specialized in a mostly Cuban repertoire but gave it what can be called – in retrospect – a chicha twist. At the time of this recording, chicha was getting a little more syncretic, with an occasional Andean flavor, but guaracha (a mid-20th century Cuban style of music) remained its strongest element.