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Los Jharis De Naña “Los Creadores del Sonido de la Carretera Central” directed by Teo Laura, LP released by Masstropicas Records.

Posted in Chicha Music, Masstropicas Records, Peru Cumbia on June 8, 2012 by Listen Recovery

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.

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Renz De Madrugada

Listen Recovery & Secret Stash Records – LA CHAMBA Paying tribute to LOS DESTELLOS with special guest Jose Luis Carballo.

Posted in Chicha Music, Josè L. Carballo, L.A Events, La Chamba LA, Listen Recovery, Listen Recovery Productions, photography on October 29, 2011 by Listen Recovery

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SONIDO 2000 – Fiesta en la selva (download mp3) INFOPESA label, Perù

Posted in Amazon Music, Chicha Music, Masstropicas Records, Peru Cumbia on September 8, 2011 by Listen Recovery

GRUPO NARANJA – Dulce Cariñito, (Perù) by Masstropicas Records “El Sonido De Tupac Amaru”

Posted in Chicha Music, Masstropicas Records, Peru Cumbia on June 10, 2011 by Listen Recovery

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EL SONIDO DE TUPAC AMARU LP / CENTENO 7″ by Masstropicas Records. Words by Renz De Madrugada.

Posted in Chicha Music, Masstropicas Records, Peru Cumbia, Peru Psych, Renz De Madrugada on May 29, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Rrrrr… Rrrrr… (phone ringing)  Calling Mike Pigott founder of Masstropicas and Peruvian Vinyl Archivist.

Renz: “Mikey!, what’s up brother!? What you got cooking?”

Mike: “Listen to this….” (Mike plays the 1st test press of El Sonido De Tupac Amaru, a track from Grupo Naranja).

This is how the “New Old Sound” of Masstropicas arrives in my eardrums, and listening, all my thoughts and memories about my mother land starts to appear in my head.

Grupo Naranja comes through the phone.  Sending me some very street original sounds from City of COMAS in Lima.  Now I don’t know where Grupo Naranja is from, but I’m sure they are not too far from this town.  Most of the new sounds came from “Calle Tupac Amaru” in the City of Comas, which is consider the Mecca of “Chicha” or Peruvian Cumbias.  There is no hierarchy when it comes to the people’s music, the movement of the people as Fela and Bob used to call it.  Chicha was and still is the movement of the people.  Go to Lima and party at the most lavish clubs and hear what they are playing after 2am.

Chicha is just a name to separate economic status in Perù, mainly Lima of course, since Cumbia music was in abundance at the capital.  Most shows were booked in Lima, the compensation for the bands were always better in the capital.  That has changed nowadays.  Is not like the late 70’s and 80’s when the genre call “Chicha” was at its highest label of status.  Chicha Music or Cumbias Sicodelicas as I love to call it is here to stay, matter of fact, it never left.  It was just in hideous from the world and now it has came out to dance and play with all of us who can embrace it.

It was just a matter of time for Peruvian Cumbias to invade the North lands.  Jose Luis Carballo is been living in LA for quite some time now and he is consider by most musicians in Lima a pillar of this genre.  So yeah, it was just a matter of time for Chicha to arrive in a heavy manner.

What can you say about INFOPESA coming to the north as well.  The label that made you  dance with Juaneco Y Su Combo and Los Mirlos, Cuarteto Continental, Otto De Rojas if you wanted some funky Salsa.  Yeah… Peru time is here and is gonna stay here for a while.  And Masstropicas is liking up with the Peruvian Giant Label.

Masstropicas is bringing back the real roots of this genre.  What we call in Lima, “La Mata” of the sound.  Mike P has traveled and is still traveling to the Jungle’s of Peru as well as Lima and other cities to meet with the bands, producers and executives that formed part to the creation of a huge library of unpublished and forgotten tracks, all Peruvian Cumbias (Chicha).

EL SONIDO DE TUPAC AMARU is the sequal of a beautiful roster of compilation from Peru’s music treasures by Masstropicas RecordsWhat makes this releases original?

It’s the officialism of each carefully licence track from its rightful owner.  It makes the LP more valuable to me personally. Being that Mike takes the time and consideration to reach out to the people that created the content he is using to share once again with the world on a higher label.

Vinyl is Masstropicas preference of physical release for the music on the label.

Aside of the unexpected selection of tracks.  From most of the songs being sang and chorus by the bands is a beautiful mix of songs. Not your tipical instrumental long play that you can rape and mash-up for your Serato pleasure” hehe.  No amigos,  this is for the Collection.  A very selective choice of songs from various bands and singers.  With an extended treat from Centeno’s 7″ disc. which includes 4 extra tracks.

Now speaking of the extra 7″ with 4 tracks, which basically makes it an EP.

CENTENO 7″ is part of this colorful release by Masstropicas Records.

I don’t want to give too much info on each song in the LP.  It will take the fun away.  I advise you to get a copy today from Masstropicas exclusive distribution label.  BUY THE LP HERE

I can definitely say that Masstropicas is one of those labels to be on the look out if you are willing to experience an extensive and humble story of Peruvian Cumbia History.

“Mi casa es tu casa, adelante!”

Renz De Madrugada

5 QUESTIONS WITH JOSE L. CARBALLO by MIKE P for Masstropicas blog

Posted in Chicha Music, Josè L. Carballo, Peru Cumbia on April 20, 2011 by Listen Recovery


Masstropicas is back with the five questions series. Our first segment brings you a thoughtful read(in Spanish) with Jose L. Carballo a man who is a living legend. In the mid 70s Jose produced and played on many studio recordings and then would go onto to form LA NUEVA CREMA with the pharaoh of chicha chacalón.

He would later form the great LA MERMELADA with various vocal contributions from different vocalists.

Jose also has 3 songs appearing on the next Masstropicas compilation EL SONIDO DE TUPAC AMARU.

INTERVIEW by Mike Pigott aka MIKE P of Masstropicas

What was the first instrument you learned to play and were there any guitar players that had a great influence on the way you approached the guitar?

JOSE: My First instrument was a guitar; I am a mixture of styles a hybrid, I was influenced by the underground artist in the 60’s such names like: Eric Clapton (the Cream), Tony Iommi from (Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and later I was influenced by “Los Compadres” from Cuba and the “Guaracheros del Oriente” also from Cuba, then there was “Trio Servando Diaz” Cuban too and the classics like “Tarrega”.

What production that you were involved in are you most proud of?

JOSE: The productions that I am proudest of are the ones I did with “Chacalòn”, because I created a style of music, that we can still appreciate today, with many assimilation of how I play the guitar.

For you what is the difference between CHICHA and cumbia Peruana?

JOSE: For me the difference between Peruvian Cumbia and Chicha is only the complexion of the Peruvian in front of the world, in somewhat (denied it’s roots) to not accept the truth of the “Peruvian Musical Cultural Art”. The racism and unwilling to accept its own people of a different region. Going against the word “Chicha” not wanted as a national genre and that way it created a diversity and separation of people mainly in Lima. 

Musically it would be difficult to express this difference, because for example, I was born in San Isidro, Lima.  The hippest city in Lima and I created music that is named Chicha, many hits with “Chacalòn”, “Hijos Del Sol”, “Chacal”, “Viko”, “La Mermelada”, etc. as well, I am a producer of hits to what you know as “Cumbia Peruana” (Peruvian Cumbias), with artist like: Carlos Ramirez, Claudio Moran, Julio Mao (Cuarteto Continental), Raul Serrano (Combo Palacio), Los Cariñosos, etc.  

Jose Luis Carballo like all my followers will call me and will label me, “Chichero” o “Cumbianbero”?, To me was all the same, if they call me either way.  

The importance of my work is that all the songs that come out of this versatile hands, have travel the world and still are this days, titles such as: “La Colegiala”, “Eres Mentirosa”, “Ven Mi Amor”, “Viento”, “Lagrimas De Amor”, “Las Limeñas”, “El Arbolito”, “Traicionera”, “El Aguajal”, “Enfermera”  and many more.  

What is your favorite Black Sabbath album?
JOSE: TO ME,” PARANOID” ; no only is this the best Black Sabbath album, it is one of the best heavy metal albums ever. It includes the legendary singles “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” and is a defining moment in the history of heavy metal.

Thanks to Jose for all of his cooperation and help with the EL SONIDO DE TUPAC AMARU project. We hope you enjoyed the interview an English version will soon follow…. MIKE P (

CHICHA POWER shirts by Listen Clothing, Summer 2011

Posted in Chicha Music, Listen Clothing on March 3, 2011 by Listen Recovery

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Ay màs diseños pronto… Agarrate Chichero!







Ranil & Los Wemblers de Iquitos play La Danza del Petrolero (videos by Barbes Records)

Posted in Chicha Music, Peru Music Icon, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

who is JOSÈ LUIS CARBALLO?, brief bio.

Posted in Chicha Music, Josè L. Carballo, Peru Cumbia on December 28, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Jose Luis Carballo is one of the most influential Chicha guitarist in Peru. He grew up in a poor neighborhood of Lima, surrounded by new migrants from the Andes and started playing guitar at a young age. He played traditional and tropical music and later studied classical guitar. Starting in 1973, he played lead guitar for Angel Anibal’s group Los Hijos del Sol, whose hit, “Cariñito” was one of the earliest successful attempt at fusing Andean music and cumbia. He also led his own band La Mermelada. In the late 70′s, Jose Carballo went on to form La Nueva Crema (named after the band Cream) with back up singer Chacalon and they became the most beloved and most successful chicha band in Peru. Chacalon died in 1994. Carballo now lives in Los Angeles where he still plays with this band La Mermelada.

They came out of and identified with the poor neighborhoods, the “Pueblos Jovenes” on the outskirts of Lima (Ciudad De Dios, Pamplona, Comas, Villa El Salvador, Independencia, etc…) and created a musical hybrid which mixed different musical styles (cumbia, rock, salsa, huayno, guaracah, guajira, son montuno, boogaloo and even classical music).

The creator of la Nueva Crema [Jose L. Carballo] grew up listening to that music and later studied classical guitar, even though he lived at the bottom of a hill, in Pamplona Alta, in the neighborhood of San Juan de Miraflores.

La Nueva Crema blog

“The most important thing we did was a fusion of different rhythms- Peruvians, foreign of various styles, including classical.”

“I think it was very influential to have played that music, and lived in those surroundings: Ciudad de Dios/Pamplona Alta (people around me were 90% migrants from the highlands) to come up with this hybrid that you call chicha.” words by Josè L. Carballo


Posted in Chicha Music, Music Negra, new blog intro on December 10, 2010 by Listen Recovery