Bringing the Andes to Brooklyn: Chicha Libre’s Olivier Conan

Mother Jones

Photo by Sevil Mahfoozi

Imagine hiking in the Peruvian Andes and finding a group of chicha musicians: migrants playing a fusion of Cuban son, Andean melodies and psychedelic surfer rock, blended like the Inca corn whiskey the music is named after. These days, though, you might be more likely to encounter chicha—whose popularity peaked in Peru during the late-’70s/early ’80s—here in the United States.

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