El Sonido de Tupac Amaru, released through the Massachusetts based Masstrópicas label, is another Peruvian chicha retrospective which this time concentrates on the sound’s evolution during the 70s and 80s. The album is well-informed and meticulously researched by Masstrópicas label head Mike P with in-depth sleeve notes, including material taken from interviews conducted with some of the original artists, and original photos from LimaFotoLibre. One thing to be underlined is the label’s insistance on finding and paying royalties, where possible, to the original artists.
It is a vinyl only release limited to 500 copies and includes another ‘Centeno 7″ single’ compiling four songs with the voice of the chicha legend Carlos Ramirez Centeno. Definitely one to collect and cherish! More information available from Listen Recovery and the album is available to buy from Light in The Attic records.