Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru’s Radical Decade by Various Artists
Peru Bravo tells the whirlwind story of a culture in flux when, during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Lima boasted dozens of young bands full of ideas, spontaneous and unfazed by the instability in Peru.
Featuring alternative heroes Traffic Sound and Laghonia alongside a selection of unheralded short-lived groups, Peru Bravo is a funk-fuelled ride through a radical decade.
It would however, only be a matter of years before this movement
disappeared just as quickly as it had arrived as a new, uncompromising military dictatorship, led by General Juan Velasco Alvarado, took hold.
Peru Bravo was compiled by top chef, author and restaurateur Martin
Morales (Ceviche), Duncan Ballantyne (Ex-Soundway) & Andrés Tapia
del Rio (Repsychled Records). It features 15 tracks and unearths the full spectrum of incendiary underground funk, soul and psych sounds between 1968 & 1974 (the reign of Velasco) including versions of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe’, The Meter’s ‘Cissy Strut’ and a Steppenwolf’s ‘Sookie Sookie’.
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