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Trujillo , Peru 1971 - 1974

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Trujillo , Peru 1971 - 1974
Trujillo , Peru 1971 - 1974


New Ltd Dance Edition Vinyl from Analog Africa

I was in Lima, hanging out with collector-extraordinaire Victor Zela, who had spent the previous few years pouring his passion for Peruvian Cumbia into the blog "la cumbia de mis viejos", a trove of incredible music. But after the birth of his first child, his priorities shifted and he decided to part with some of his rarest LPs. I was one of the lucky few given an early chance to examine his treasures, and when I picked up the album Manzaneando com Manzanita, Victor said: "Take it! its one of the best LPs ever recorded in Per? ? easily in the top five". That was all the encouragement I needed ? two years later many of the songs from that masterpiece have made it onto Manzanita y su Conjunto, a compilation of electrifying Cumbia sides from Manzanita's golden era. Berardo Hern?ndez ? better known as Manzanita ? first surfaced during the psychedelic Cumbia craze. At the head of the scene were the magnificent Los Destellos, whose leader, Enrique Delgado, was such a six-string wizard that other guitarists found it impossible to escape his shadow. But when Manzanita arrived, his electric criollo style sent shockwaves through Lima's music scene and posed a serious threat to Delgado's dominance as king of the Peruvian guitar.Manzanita had come to Lima from the coastal city of Trujillo, five hundred miles up the coast ? a place where Spanish, African and indigenous populations had been living and making music together for centuries ? and came of age at a time when the first wave of psychedelic rock from the US and UK was starting to sweep the airwaves. But the sounds of Cream and Hendrix disappeared from the radio just as quickly in 1968 when Juan Velasco seized control of the country in a military coup. The new regime, which favoured local traditions over cultural 'imports' from the north, was a blessing in disguise for the Peruvian music scene. Record labels flourished as new bands, raised on a hybrid diet of electric guitars and Cuban rhythms, rushed in to fill the vacuum created by the lack of imported rock. A new genre, known as Peruvian cumbia, was born and Manzanita quickly became one of its most original voices. Starting in 1969, Manzanita y su Conjunto released a steady stream of singles that used Cuban guaracha rhythms as the foundation for dazzling electric guitar lines. After countless 45s and several years on the touring circuit, the band signed to Virrey, an important Peruvian label, and recorded two LPs acknowledged as masterpieces among aficionados of tropical music. Most of the songs on Analog Africa's new compilation Manzanita y su Conjunto are drawn from those legendary sessions of 1973 and 74. Although he scored a few more hits in the later 70s, his dissatisfaction with the music industry caused him to withdraw from the scene for several years; and when he finally retired for good, the golden age of Peruvian cumbia was a distant memory. But when Manzanita was at the top of his game he had few equals. Victor Zela was right: this is some of the best music ever recorded in Per?.


  1. Name
  2. Shambar
  3. La Caihuita
  4. La Buenita (con Los Ca?eros)
  5. La Mazamorrita
  6. Manzaneando
  7. No Me Marchare
  8. Lament? En La Puna
  9. Un Sabado Por La Noche
  10. Salome
  11. Catita
  12. Primavera 71 (con Los Caneros)
  13. El Norteno
  14. Mama Ocllo
  15. Mi Pueblito
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