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The roiling and tumbling traditional music of Peru is a perfect fit for a freewheeling jam band, and this album from Juaneco y su Combo is thrilling proof. Juaneco and his cohorts often trade in their traditional acoustic guitars for electric. By incorporating rhythms from Brazilian and Colombian styles, they create a hyperkinetic, richly textured blend of hypnotic guitar patterns and shuffling, densely layered percussion on tracks like the shimmying "Un Shipibo en España" and the galloping "Recordando a Fachin".


Formed: 1966 in Pucallpa, Peru

Genre: Alternative and Latin Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Juaneco y Su Combo have a story ready-made for an episode of Behind the Music, full of hallucinogenic drugs, jungle adventure, hardscrabble barrio life, a fatal plane crash, and plenty of rock & roll. In their heyday in the early '70s, Juaneco y Su Combo were one of the most innovative chicha bands in Peru. And what is chicha, you may ask? Chicha was spontaneously created by the culture clash of the late '60s, when the Indian population of the Peruvian Amazon discovered the Colombian pop music known...
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