Chicha Libre devours tropical sounds, backroom beats, and analog funk on Canibalismo, an expression of the edgy craving that is fueling their pop rethink around South America. Sonic cannibalism is the easiest way to understand the cultural forces that led them from Brooklyn to rural Peru, to club stages all over South America. Taking cues from Peruvian chicha, a style that put surf guitar, rainforest psychedelics, and Andean flavor to a cumbia beat with open-minded exuberance, they have learned from and teamed up with the unsung geniuses of the music – such as Ranil and Los Shapis, both featured on the Cumbia VA release Roots of Chicha (also on Barbes Records).
Iconic artist of Spanish musical culture and heritage, Paco de Luc?a finally breaks his 5 year absence, returning to the USA for the first time since 2007.
The ensemble Da Cruz is a collaboration between vocalist Mariana Da Cruz (a Paulista with Bahian roots) and Swiss producer Ane H. Together with their band, they merge Brazilian music, Electro, Afro Beat, Breakbeats, Ethiopian Grooves, Kuduro and other forms of dance music.
The new album Sistema Subversiva pushes the boundaries of Brazilian Fusion with harder, throbbing bass tones and punchy kick drums underlying Mariana’s dynamic lyrics, one moment soft and dripping, another punctuated and demanding. ‘We both wanted to create something new without giving up all our past. Da Cruz is the result of this trying.’