Peruvian folkpop glory

This post is a warm-up for our soon-to-be activated Rebel Up bloggie. Keep your fingers clicking and eyes staring here for time to come.

The modern Peruvian cumbia is of a amazingly sweet sounding and peculiar kind, mixing the indigina Andean folk styles with digitalised pop sounds, harps, electric guitars and keyboards. Cumbia has always enjoyed popularity in the worker & lower classes of Peru and is regarded as tacky or unsophisticated by middle class snobs and rich folks. Here a selection of artists that enjoy a fair amount of cult popularity in today’s Peru.

La Tigresa del Oriente, the Tina Turner of the Peruvian cumbia. She’s said to be from the Amazonian part of Peru and her video clips are all set there. Old indigina traditions get enfused with a modern day sound; digitalised panflute melodies screech and the melody she sings is of classic indigina nature. All while leopardly clad women dance with anaconda’s, booty shaking inbetween locals who are holding up posters of Señorita La Tigresa. You got to love this song though with the tiger/panther screams. file under: folkpop galore kitsch. Thanks to Julio Pinchado for showing us this hidden gem!

Wendy Sulca is a child prodigy from Lima who is regarded as a young diva over there. Don’t expect her to sing about lighthearted fluffy nonsense like kid stars do in the West, as life is rough enough in poor Peru. She sings about social hardships in life that are common in Peru. This happy rhythmical song titled ‘Cerveza, Cerveza’ is actually a song against alcohol abuse among the indigine population. Nope, she ain’t asking for beer if that was your first thought.

Anita Santivañes, she’s the #1 harp-cumbia diva right now. We got to know this sweetly seducing tune trough Jace/Rupture’s excellent blog. *Bebi la miel de tus labios*; I drink the honey from your lips.
Classic song.

Friday 18th of sept: Rebel Up! Soundclash @ Incubate festival > GENERATION BASS weekender

Hi all,

The Incubate festival (previously named ZXZW festival) will last for a full week with a heavy list of special lineups allover Tilburg town in the south of Holland.  The Friday & Saturday are set as a GENERATION BASS WEEKENDER, which means 2 days of global ghettotech, incubatelogoeclectic  sounds, broken beats, dubstep and other global mayhem.

The mighty good global folks of GENERATION BASS asked us a few months back if we liked to curate a room @ Incubate! Such honour indeed and we selected some previous Rebel Up! acts together. On Friday the 18th we’ll be spinning global sounds all night long in the Batcave room with live set by Filastine feat. MC Nova (US/IN), Process Rebel (US), Malorix (NL), DJ Pinchado (AR) and DJ sets by DJ UMB (UK) and yours truly on DJ & VJ duties. Check it all HERE.  In the other room there’s a hefty lineup of dubstep greats like Raffertie, Joker, Reso and A1 Bassline, such a clash of basstastic sounds this will be!

EXPECT THIS! 🙂

oh, and on Sunday the70’s afro-funk outfit Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou from Benin will be playing in the outdoor Muzetuin!

Hope to see you there!

Incubate