This Weekend: Bareto’s Peruvian Music Of Protest Arrives To Los Angeles
Written by Ángel Aguilar
Published on July 11, 2012
On Sunday, July 15, Peruvian band Bareto will present their music of protest on the stage of the Peruvian Festival in Los Angeles, a daylong family event that is taking place at the Industry Hills Expo Center.
Just like Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Venezuela’s Desorden Publico or Panama’s Ruben Blades, Peru’s Bareto gives a voice to the oppressed people of Latin America. For their latest album “Ves lo que quieres ver”, out now, the innovators of modern Peruvian cumbia address corrupt governments, rigged elections and racism through their fusion of Cuban, reggae, merengue, ska, salsa and chicha sounds.
The album was produced by renowned Peruvian producer Manuel Garrido-Lecca and features a special appearance by Argentinean-American Kevin Johansen on the song “Matagalán”.
Bareto: “Cariñito” (en concierto)
Bareto’s debut EP was released in 2005 under the name Ombligo, of which only 500 copies were printed. The following year, their first full-length album, Boleto
, was released. With that album, the band experimented by adding reggae and ska to their Peruvian cumbia.
In 2008, the album Cumbia was released as a tribute to ambassadors of Chicha music such as Juaneco y su Combo, Chacalón, Los Shapis and Los Mirlos. The band made a name for itself with Cumbia, which achieved platinum success and was awarded various recognitons.
2010 saw the release of their EP Sodoma y Gamarra in which Andino folk singer Dina Páucar was featured on the song “La Distancia”. The song “No Juege Con El Diablo”, also from the album, was featured as the theme song on the popular Peruvian soap opera Los Exitosos Góme$.
In the second half of 2010, the single “Cariñito” was released and soon became one of the most popular and requested songs for Bareto.