Olivier Conan

Saturday, December 01, 2007

In addition to his work as a vocalist and Venezuelan cuatro player for bands such as Chicha Libre and Las Rubias del Norte, Olivier Conan runs his own record label out of Brooklyn, Barbès Records. His latest release is a compilation of chicha music called The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru — which was inspired by music Conan discovered while browsing pirated cassettes from street vendors in Lima.

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Peter in Park Slope

BTW, "chicha," specifically "chicha de jora" (to which the song refers) is a fermented dark corn drink, original to the natives of the Andes. It is considered low class, from which you can probably gather the musical reference (which is not to say it was not popular party music among the young).

Dec. 01 2007 08:23 PM

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