Radio M


Nov. 25, 2011

How about shaking off that Thanksgiving meal with some dancing? This week on Radio M ...From the Stage with psychedelic Peruvian cumbia. New York's Chicha Libre brings Peruvian Chicha music into the 21st century.


Chicha is the name of a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas in pre-colombian days. And it's also the name of Peru's particular brand of cumbia made popular in the late 60's by bands such as Manzanita and Juaneco y su Combo.

Chicha was loosely inspired by Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban son, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers.  Radio M recorded a set by Chicha Libre at Martyr's when they were here as part of World Music Chicago. DANCE!

Also, music from Brazil, Cameroon, and yodeling sisters from Minnesota.