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Campaign to rescue Peruvian chicha music

Directed by Jalo Nuñez Del Prado, the project seeks the “the rescue, comeback and re-appreciation” of the Discos Horóscopo catalogue

A campaign is underway to reissue some back catalogue albums from Peruvian chicha label Discos Horóscopo. Originally released in the 1970s and 80s, the ten albums are marked by the project's director Jalo Nuñez Del Prado as some of the most important albums of their time, and are set to be made available internationally.

Chicha or Peruvian cumbia, a subgenre of cumbia, was a response to the marginalisation of migrant groups who fused various traditional music from the Andes with American psychedelic, Cuban guaracha, Colombian cumbia and other forms.

“Peruvian chicha music was born and exploded from the chaotic political context of the 80s. At the time, Peru was suffering from devastating economic inflation and terrorism, forcing Andean populations to migrate to a cruel and unwelcoming capital”, explains the fundraising page. “Until this day, despite being undervalued and stigmatized, chicha music continues to have a strong sociocultural impact in the lives of working class Peruvians.”

The project is already underway but it's now looking for a further 40,000 Euros for production of the first five of the ten albums. For more information you can visit the Indiegogo page.

Watch a video featuring the project directed by Jalo Nuñez Del Prado