Juaneco Y Su Combo: The Birth of Jungle Cumbia

What you’ve got here is a collection of music that, for various reasons, fell through the musical cracks. Back in the early 70s, Juaneco Y Su Combo was one of the  progenitors of what became known as “Jungle Cumbia” a style of rock and folk music from Peru. It’s sort a mix of lithe and linear guitars that are reminiscent of Malian thoughts, while the raw energy takes you to East LA with Richie Valens. The mix of drums, guitars, horns and earthy vocals can either take you to the Sahel desert, urban Peru or the City of San Fernando in seconds flat. If you want to hear something totally new but somehow familiar, give these 18 songs from South America a listen. Oye!

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