by Nick McCarthy from Franz Ferdinand in New Music on Saturday 23 July 2011

I came across this music on our last tour of South America. After finding out about Ajuvaska, potatoes, and getting a bottle of coca leaf filled pisco-schnapps from a local witch, we spent a whole day in Lima in a record shop that was stuffed with this stuff.

Chicha is beautiful music and I’m always fascinated by countries that had their own record industry in the 60s and 70s: the psychedelic era. Too many didn’t. Peru is a fascinating country culturally and everyone should go. Beautiful music for summer.