Archive for the Chicha Music Category

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

LOS CHAPILLACS Arequipa, PERU “He Traicionado Tu Amor” Full Video (Nuevecito Nov. 2010)

Posted in Chicha Music, Los Chapillacs, Peru Cumbia, video archives on November 23, 2010 by Listen Recovery

LA CHAMBA ft. Josè Luis Carballo (PERU) @ The Roots of Chicha 2 cd release party. By Barbès Records & Listen Recovery, words by Renz De Madrugada

Posted in Chicha Music, La Chamba LA, Listen Recovery, Peru Cumbia, Peru Music Icon on November 20, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Alejandro “Alex” Araujo (guitar) & Maestro Josè Luis Carballo (Grupo La Nueva Crema con Chacalòn / Grupo Mermelada)

Legendary Chicha producer (PERU)

Another beautiful night with LA CHAMBA and the people from Los Angeles.  The clock marked 8:30pm and maestro Josè Luis Carballo standing outside La Fonda (our venue) with his entourage of 3 guest.  We reached out and welcomed him to the restaurant and made sure he had the best seat for the night. We talked for about an hr. doing a few interviews for the Peruvian news paper El Commercio, as we talk with Jose Luis, the people started to arrive… The chicha jug was pouring down on to cups… Dj Fresko & Rich Spirit holding it down with the Colombian Cumbias and Salsa, as well as hosting the night on the mic… We encounter a few new faces / fans that came just to experience the sounds of La Chamba.  It was a great night, not too cold at all… just right… and the chicha kept pouring down…

Renz De Madrugada

Interview about the Roots of Chicha on LA WEEKLY  < link to interview

our lovely door queen for the night, Ms Mighty Junebugg (

and last but not least, Ratha Hhn., making sure things go smooth at the door. Thanks Ratha!

RANIL on video 1st LP on MASSTROPICAS / Our Man in Iquitos CAMPAING video

Posted in Chicha Music, Masstropicas Records, Peru Cumbia, RANIL LP, video archives on November 9, 2010 by Listen Recovery


THE ROOTS OF CHICHA by Barbés Records, Release CD Party hosted by Listen Recovery w/ Live performances by LA CHAMBA

Posted in Chicha Music, L.A Events, La Chamba LA, Listen Recovery, Listen Recovery Productions on October 31, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Article about the release of ROOTS OF CHICHA II by Renz De Madrugada  < ( link )