Archive for the Amazon Music Category
This LP caught me off guard, unlike the Ranil and Tupac, which was anticipated by the Peruvian invasion of listeners, followers and diggers.
Masstropicas comes again with righteousness in releasing music that could have been lost and forgotten. Grupo 2000 is no stranger to the explosion of “Musica Selvatica”, in this case from Tarapoto, Dept of San Martin in Perù’s Amazon region.
It was back then during the golden years of Virrey Records when SONIDO 2000 came out. (Grupo 2000 Formerly Known as Sonido 2000), the band Sonido 2000 became part of INFOPESA changing their name to Grupo 2000.
Really, I don’t know much about the group, is a very obscure LP/Group out of Perù not just the Jungle region.
I could have done my research and shared what I’ve learned. But in this case I’ll let the music speaks for itself. Masstropicas will release extensive information about the group which will be included on the LP packaging, created and designed by Tunchi of LimaFotoLibre (http://limafotolibre.com/)
Once again, is a nostalgic feeling when I hear music from my land that perhaps even the people from Perù have not experienced yet… The sound of Grupo 2000 is unique. The beauty of having the music not only remastered, but also reissued in its original content, LP. Is a treat for the create collection, specially knowing how hard is to find a good clean and playable LP in Perù.
From the moment I played the 1st track “La Ronzampa” in my truck, the LP had me captivated. I been a Juaneco fan ever since I heard “Ya se a muerto mi abuelo” back in 2005 when I returned back to Lima after 15 years of absence. I was expecting something similar or in the same alley. But let me tell you, GRUPO 2000 is not the cliché Cumbia Selva band as Juaneco or Los Mirlos, nah!. This band had something else under their sleeves. Rock, Funk, Soul, Psych, Cumbia and I even heard a bit of Brazil influence. And why not Brazilian influence, the Amazon region is one of the most integrated areas that shares land with Brazil, so there is a lot of cultural similarities, from the influence of sounds to the food and living traditions.
Grupo 2000 not only brings a new old sound, it also shares with us the diversity that Tarapoto was back in the days, bringing that guitar party psych ayawascar sound to the stereos and boom boxes all over the Amazon Region.
I’m sure somewhere in Lima, “Sonido 2000” was heard back in the 70’s and 80’s. If it wasn’t for INFOPESA…
The green cover sleeve with the vintage photo and the fonts used are a cherry on top to this wonderful tracks by Perù’s own. I can only say that this LP will be on my record back for quite sometime, along Ranil and El Sonido De Tupac Amaru.
…The beauty of reissuing old LPs, is the fact that you can go back in time and experience the music with the physical item and info in your hands. Labels like Masstropicas gives us that experience… To go back into time and put our self in the shoes of a party goer, dj or just a listener… in the jungle back in the 70’s and 80’s!
Music like this, is not made any more. The essence of recording a live band is been lost. This recordings are extremely rare to the Peruvian ear and outside. They are now part of the soundtrack of our life.
Mike Pigott, Founder of Masstropicas, has made sure to select the most neglected and forgotten sounds from the vaults of INFOPESA (Peruvian Music Label), as well as meeting with the makers of this amazing LPS. Mike will continue to discover, reissue and share with the world the sounds that was once PERUVIAN JUNGLE MUSIC.
Renz De Madrugada
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.
WILINDORO CACIQUE (Juaneco Y Su Combo original member/singer) reappears in the Festival that occurred in the Colca Local on November 20, 2010.
As part of the presentations made in the local Art Cayon University, where a private presentations stormed Iquitos and the typical group like Los Hijos de Lamas. Juaneco Y Su Combo performed Live along side with its original member Wilindoro Cacique (singer).
After two years of being away from the world of entertainment for health reasons, Wilindoro returns to the stage, performing on a local venue call Colca in Iquitos, his hometown. Wilindoro sang his classic songs making the crowd dance with his “Ayawascar” sound all thought the night…
words by Pedro Jaico (ChichaWeb.com)
edit in english by Renz De Madrugada
On the photo above that I’ve obtained from (Chichaweb.com) Wilindoro is holding the lyrics of a song.
Wilindor Cacique had a brain aneurysm which left him in coma and near of death, but nevertheless he recuperated and was able to walk again and gain consciousness. Doctors said was wasn’t going to be able to speak again. On Nov. 20th 2010, Wilindoro Cacique vocalist of Juaneco y su combo, is back on stage beating all odds and showing his beloved fans the WILINDORO LIVES!
Vintage photos of JUANECO Y SU COMBO ft. Wilindoro Cacique
From left to right: Riyder Zumba, “Spring”, Betto Gaviria, Ranil, Victor Rivas. Below Holmes Zavaleta.
Raul Llerena, born in the city Belen – Iquitos. Very versatile, is dedicated to journalism, music, politics. Here’s a little history about RANIL:
The attachment for music was inherited from his mother, who was a singer and guitarist. My mother traveled to Lima, where she studied to become a teacher and return to her hometown to practice at events to teach at the Peruvian border. Additionally I’m dedicated to journalism work in which I hold until today as a job.
My first musical experience was the sound and voice of Los Paisanos recordings. Folk music for the label Smith. Since then I realized that the music business beneficiaries weren’t the musicians. During the first half of the seventies the group “The Silvers” Johnny Quinteros appears in Belen, where I asked for advise since they are great experienced musicians… So, Raul helped on some recording to INFOPESA, recording mainly Tropical music, which had great potential for success.
During the mid seventies, I decided to form my own group. I gather some musicians, mainly some historical ones experienced in tropical music from Iquitos. The first guitar was held by various musicians, depending on the season. Most important Zumba Limber, which came from The Silvers, and Betto Gaviria. At the time, Luis Peña and Emilio, also served as guitarist Nigro. Among the founding members Were Rider Other Zumba on bass, Paluca Flores on drums and Marco Rivas on the grave.
Raul was aware in the benefits and power of having a record label and having musicians under his wing, so he started his own record label call “Llerena Recordings”. The label recorded more than a dozen LPs and 45 RPM records. Several under the name”Ranil Y su Conjunto Tropical” (Ranil is a combination of the names and Nilsa Raul, His Wife).
The musicians Travel to Lima, recorded and pressed records on the premises of MAG, running after the distribution by Ranil itself. With Respect to promotion, Raul had his own radio and television, so neither had to deal with the gangs who charged for promoting musicians.
In the eighties the group disintegrated because of the oil rush. Out in the jungle the people had less money to buy records. In Addition, the force to introduce cumbia began with synthesizer, in which the guitar was displacing as the main instrument for Tropical Music. As well as Betto Gaviria departs towards “Grupo Pax” (MAG), while Emilio Piña follows his path towards Criollo music.