Manzanita Y Su Conjunto - Trujillo , Perú 1971-1974

Manzanita Y Su Conjunto - Trujillo , Perú 1971-1974


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Trujillo, Peru 1971-1974 is an infectious compilation of electrifying Peruvian cumbia sides from Manzanita’s golden era. 
Berardo Hernández - better known as Manzanita - first surfaced during the psychedelic cumbia craze. At the head of the scene were the magnificent Los Destellos, whose leader, Enrique Delgado, was such a six-string wizard that other guitarists found it impossible to escape his shadow. But when Manzanita arrived, his electric criollo style sent shockwaves through Lima’s music scene and posed a serious threat to Delgado’s dominance as king of the Peruvian guitar. Manzanita had come to Lima from the coastal city of Trujillo, five hundred miles up the coast - a place where Spanish, African and indigenous populations had been living and making music together for centuries - and came of age at a time when the first wave of psychedelic rock from the US and UK was starting to sweep the airwaves. 
But the sounds of Cream and Hendrix disappeared from the radio just as quickly in 1968 when Juan Velasco seized control of the country in a military coup. The new regime, which favoured local traditions over cultural ‘imports’ from the north, was, in one way, a blessing in disguise for the Peruvian music scene. Record labels flourished as new bands, raised on a hybrid diet of electric guitars and Cuban rhythms, rushed in to fill the vacuum created by the lack of imported rock. A new genre, known as Peruvian cumbia, was born and Manzanita quickly became one of its most original voices. 
Starting in 1969, Manzanita y su Conjunto released a steady stream of singles that used Cuban guaracha rhythms as the foundation for dazzling electric guitar lines. After countless 45s and several years on the touring circuit, the band signed to Virrey, an important Peruvian label, and recorded two LPs now acknowledged as master pieces. Most of the songs on this compilation are drawn from those legendary sessions of 1973 and 1974. 
Although he scored a few more hits in the later 70's, his dissatisfaction with the music industry caused him to withdraw from the scene for several years; and when he finally retired for good, the golden age of Peruvian cumbia was a distant memory. But when Manzanita was at the top of his game he had few equals, and this is some of the best music ever recorded in Perú. 


  1. Shambar 
  2. La Caihuita 
  3. La Buenita (con Los Caeros) 
  4. La Mazamorrita 
  5. Manzaneando 
  6. No Me Marchare 
  7. Lament En La Puna 
  8. Un Sabado Por La Noche 
  9. Salome 
  10. Catita 
  11. Primavera 71 (con Los Caeros) 
  12. El Norteno 
  13. Mama Ocllo 
  14. Mi Pueblito 


  • Limited edition release 
  • Pressed on 180g vinyl 
  • Housed in gatefold jacket with 7mm spine 
  • Contains coupon for multi-format (MP3/WAV) high-quality download 




also available on Analog Africa: 
Various - Edo Funk Explosion Vol.1   2LP | CD 
Various - Cameroon Garage Funk   2LP | CD 
Various - Essiebons Special 1973 - 1984: Ghana Music Power House   2LP | 2CD 
Various - Saturno 2000: La Rebajada De  Los Sonideros 1962 - 1983   2LP | CD 


see also: 
Los Destellos - Sicodélicos   2LP 


browse collections: 
Latin Jazz collection 
Afro-Cuban/Boogaloo/Cumbia collection 



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