Peru Bravo

The CD Peru Bravo tells the story of a culture in flux when, during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Lima, Peru boasted dozens of young funk and soul bands full of ideas and unfazed by the country's instability. The disc features alternative music heroes Traffic Sound and Laghonia that were leaders of the movement alongside a selection of unheralded short-lived groups.

Put out by UK based Tiger's Milk Records, Peru Bravo is a funk-fuelled ride through a radical decade in Peru. It's the musical chronicle of a singular moment in time as it would be only 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 coverIn Peru, “bravo” has a double meaning. It can refer to something that is edgy or dangerous but can also be celebratory, as in English. The choice of the title of this collection reflects both as we highlight a wonderfully brave and creative period during particularly tough times.

Much of the material has been restored and remastered from the original reels with all materials licensed from respective labels in Peru. It was compiled by top Peruvian chef, author and restaurateur Martin Morales, Duncan Ballantyne & Andrés Tapia del Rio. 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’.

The Peru Bravo Scene

The burgeoning domestic scene of late ‘60s Peru fed off the loudest beat, garage and rock ‘n’ roll records arriving from the States & UK, both imported or licensed into Peru, and powered forward, under-pinned by a strong revolutionary spirit. Students and teenage bands swelled in numbers and spotty-faced guitarists across the city fretted and licked with gusto. As the ‘60s turned into the ‘70s and as American funk, soul and West coast became growing influences, the underground music scene in Peru diversified rapidly.

The appetite in Peru for surf and garage made way for louder, more raucous sounds as some domestic bands tuned in to the splintered reverberations of the counter-culture and anti-war movements in the US. There was a newfound desire for a fluid sound and fresh fusions. Bands like Black Sugar, Los Belking’s and Thee Image looked north to Tower of Power, The Meters and early Chicago – groups who were mixing R n B, soul and funk into their repertoire.

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