Jose Luis Carballo is one of the most influential Chicha guitarist in Peru. He grew up in a poor neighborhood of Lima, surrounded by new migrants from the Andes and started playing guitar at a young age. He played traditional and tropical music and later studied classical guitar. Starting in 1973, he played lead guitar for Angel Anibal’s group Los Hijos del Sol, whose hit, “Cariñito” was one of the earliest successful attempt at fusing Andean music and cumbia. He also led his own band La Mermelada. In the late 70’s, Jose Carballo went on to form La Nueva Crema (named after the band Cream) with back up singer Chacalon and they became the most beloved and most successful chicha band in Peru. Chacalon died in 1994. Carballo now lives in Los Angeles where he still plays with this band La Mermelada.
They came out of, and identified with, the poor neighborhoods, the Pueblos Jovenes (the young towns) on the outskirts of Lima (ciudad de dios, pamplona, comas, villa el salvador, independencia, etc…) and created a musical hybrid which mixed different musical styles (Cumbia, rock, salsa, huayno, guaracah, guajira, son montuno, boogaloo and even classical music).
The creator of la Nueva Crema [Jose L. Carballo] grew up listening to that music and later studied classical guitar, even though he lived at the bottom of a hill, in Pamplona Alta, in the neighborhood of San Juan de Miraflores.
The most important thing we did was a fusion of different rhythms- Peruvians, foreign of various styles, including classical.
I think it was very influential to have played that music, and lived in those surroundings: Ciudad de Dios/Pamplona Alta (people around me were 90% migrants from the highlands) to come up with this hybrid that you call chicha.
Lagrimas de amor(Jose L Carballo)
Se identificaron y salieron de los Barrios pobres, de los Pueblos Jovenes que rodeaban la ciudad de Lima (Ciudad de Dios, Pamplona, Comas, Villa el Salvador, Independencia, etc) creando un hibrido musical que conglomeraba diferentes estilos de musica (cumbia, rock, salsa, huayno, guaracha, guajira, son montuno, bogaloo y hasta clasico).
El creador de la musica de La Nueva Crema [Jose L. Carballo] crecio escuchando esta musica y posteriormente estudio guitarra clasica a pesar que vivia en las faldas de un cerro, en Pamplona Alta, en el distrito de San Juan De Miraflores.
Lo importante es que hicimos una “fuzzion” de diferentes ritmos; peruanos, extranjeros y de diversos generos, hasta el clasico.
Pienso que muchisimo influyo haber tocado esta musica y haber vivido en este medio: Ciudad de Dios /Pamplona Alta, (la gente que me rodeaba era el 90% immigrante de la Sierra del Peru), el estudio y capacidad de creacion musical para lograr este “hibrido” que Uds. llaman “Chicha” (en mencion a la creacion que hize con “La Nueva Crema,” cantando “Chacalon.”
Sufrir,llorar,para que?(Jose L Carballo)