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  • review July 6, 2017

    Ikaro del Amor

    This is the first new record from Los Wembler’s de Iquitos in 25 long years of relative obscurity beyond their home country of Peru. About 10 years ago, Barbès Records–the record label based around the Brooklyn venue of the same … Read more »

  • hip-deep November 10, 2016

    The Cumbia Diaspora: From Colombia to the World

    Move over salsa and merengue–cumbia is the most popular music in Latin America. Today, cumbia is played from the borderlands of Texas down the spine of the Andes to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. In this Hip Deep edition, … Read more »

  • blog August 5, 2015

    QUITAPENAS’ “Valle Moreno”–Más Tropical Home Video

    QUITAPENAS (“one word–all caps, four syllables–all claps”) is a group of five young men based in the Inland Empire region of southern California. The group’s live, vibrant percussive sound simultaneously invokes multiple times and places, from 2015 Los Angeles, to … Read more »

  • blog July 27, 2015

    New Book on Peru From Sounds and Colours

    After releasing two terrific books on music and culture in Colombia and Brazil, Sounds and Colours has turned to another South American country with a fascinating history and vibrant music scene: Peru. The 200-page book contains articles on everything from … Read more »

  • blog July 1, 2015

    Los Wembler’s: Peruvian Sonido Amazonico at Pioneer Works

    Since the mid-2000s, Barbes Records has done a great job sharing the joy that is Peruvian chicha music with the world. The Roots of Chicha compilations dug into the history of this Amazonian dance music that fuses Afro-Cuban percussion, local melodies and … Read more »

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