425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Brooklyn-based collective which count members from Mexico, France, Venezuela and the US takes its inspiration from exotic strains of cumbia from the nether hemisphere. As a follow up to their mostly original material on 2012's Canibalismo, Chicha Libre turns its attention to some classic songs from the Anglophone world, applying its psychedelic chicha template to the Clash, Arthur Lee's Love, Los Shapis, and the Simpsons’ theme song.
With Cuatro Tigres, Chicha Libre is closing a loop – using a sound that was shaped by Peruvian tropical music to pay tribute to its own rockero roots – and to some of its personal heroes, such as:
-The Clash, who started mixing up global influences before the expression World Music was coined.
-Arthur Lee’s Love, still one of the greatest examples of psychedelic sophistication, one that has endured and seems more relevant than ever.
-Los Shapis (Peru), were something like the Beatles of Chicha, complete with dozens of hits, stadium filled with screaming fans and goofy movies.
-And when the producers of The Simpsons 20th anniversary special asked Chicha LIbre to perform the Simpsons theme “chicha” style, they were too happy to oblige.
Jacket designed by Peruvian artist Elliot Tupac, whose posters and murals can be found on the walls of every neighborhood in Lima. He is credited with perfecting a Chicha graphic style which has come to represent Peruvian urban culture. His work has been shown all over Latin America.
Chicha Libre has performed around the world, including Turkey, The UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, the US, Canada and, of course, Peru. They have played in Lima with Los Shapis and in Berlin with Ranil, the legendary cumbiero from Iquitos. They have toured with Cambodian psych-band Dengue Fever and shared the stage with bands as varied as Brazilian Girls, Jovanotti, The Skatalites, Frente Cumbiero and the Orchestre Poly-rythmo de Cotonou. They will be performing at Vive Latino, in Mexico City, this coming March.