The Cumbia, Chicha summer. / by Jorge Bañales

Los Wembler's de Iquitos from Peru at Tropicalia, Washington, DC.

Los Wembler's de Iquitos from Peru at Tropicalia, Washington, DC.

Viento Callejero from Los Angeles, Calif.

Viento Callejero from Los Angeles, Calif.

Viento Callejero from Los Angeles, Calif.

Viento Callejero from Los Angeles, Calif.

This summer I got to see a couple of great bands that play Colombian Cumbia and Peruvian Chicha. First up was Viento Callejero made up of young musicians living in Los Angeles.  Second were Los Wembler's de Iquitos, a group of Peruvian veterans who visited the nations capital and brought the Cumbia/Chicha/Cumbia Amazonica party to DC.

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