Los Destellos

Los Destellos

1. Los Destellos: Descarga Electrica

Under the direction of lead guitarist Enrique Delgado, Los Destellos (the sparkles, like a star) are pretty much known as the founders of Cumbia Peruana circa 1966. Now I am pretty sceptical about using the word chicha to define their genre of music.  I feel that chicha is more associated with 70’s and 80’s transient Andean cumbia, a music that is probably rooted more in Amerindian sounds, beliefs and the harshness of the Amerindian experience (hardship, displacement, lament). Whether they influenced the chicha movement later on or became part of it by default, I’m not 100% sure.  However, Los Destellos appear to be more part of the Lima Mestizo culture (mixture of Indian/Spanish blood). And can be reflected in the way which their sounds fuse Latin boogaloo, psychedelic rock, soul, Colombian cumbia, tropical and indigenous music in a whole host of ways. 

En Orbita

2. Los Destellos: Cumbia Morena

3. Los Destellos: Boogaloo De Los Destellos

Charangos(Andean mandolins), requintos, and guitars are a huge part of Peruvian musical culture. Tavern life is filled with them supposedly.  So any transition to a modern sound would probably have been seem-less for a group like the guitar laden Destellos. And Peruvian music at this time seems to really embrace the electric guitar. The Cumbia Morenais a great example of them playing a traditional Colombian cumbia with this more electric sound. Whereas, the Boogaloo De Los Destellos almost sounds like a Latin version of the American psychedelic rock band The Byrds. With an electric 12 string and the highly melodic guitar playing, it reminded me instantly of Roger Mcguinn’s style.   

Mundial

4. Los Destellos: Me Resignare

The albums I’m posting are in order by catalogue number. I have a few other LP’s that should be in this group, but I have seemed to have misplaced them. Maybe I’ll amend this post if I ever find them. But for the most part this is pretty good discography and I am trying to run the entire gamut of sounds Los Detellos produced. On a side note I know that from looking at some of the musicians in the band that they show up in other groups on the Odeon/Iempsa label. The dude playing the bongos is in Los Orientales De Paramonga. Perhaps they were session musicians at the time.

en la cumbre

5. Los Destellos: Carnaval De Arequipa

6. Los Destellos: Boogaloo Del Perro

Arequipa is a the second largest city in Peru and is way up in the Andean Mountains. This song is a pretty traditional number. You’re probably more likely to hear this tune being played by Andean pan-pipe and poncho musicians. Definitely on the chicha tip this one.

 

7. Los Destellos: Noche De GaruaArrollando

Garuais the dry winds that hit the lower western slopes of the Andes creating a low-level of cloud. Within the Andes Mountains the garua blocks out the sun for the cooler six months of the year, and there is almost no rainfall during this period. With the title, this instrumental song sounds almost like something the Ventures would do. Surf/garage music was pretty big in Peru in the early 60’s. Groups like Los Saicos, Los Shains, Los Yorks, Los Doltons are to name a few.

clase aparte

8. Los Destellos: El Pacifico

9. Los Destellos: El Electrico

10: Los Destellos: La Cumbia Del Sol

11. Los Destellos: Tu Donde Estas

Hands down my all time favorite record of Los Destellos. In fact, I like it so much I began to eat to lower right hand corner of the album cover. Peep the break beat ballad Tu Donde Estas (where are you?), it’s a hip-hop track waiting to be copped. 

constelacion

12. Los Destellos: Constelacion

13. Los Destellos: Pachanga Espanola

I probably have 3 more Los Destellos  records, but like always, their later stuff just isn’t as good. Apparently Los Destellos had a resurgence of popularity in the 80’s that lasted until Enrique Delgado died in the early 90’s. The band still performs today, but I believe it’s the widowed wife of Enrique who runs the band now. If I find any more records of theirs, I’ll amend the post. Also, thanks to all the Japanese viewers as of late who have been vibing this site. Word!

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22 Responses to “Los Destellos”


  1. 1 Jim June 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    not japan but yet further Nz calling. thanks so much for the los destellos post, brilliant, love their stuff and was fiending to hear more. thanks so much for all the work that obviously goes into your blogging and digging.

  2. 2 josephfranko June 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Jim thanks for the kind words. I hope you are enjoying this one way down in New Zealand (man i want to go there. someday). There’s enough tracks here to make your own little comp cd. Enjoy! Saludos!!!

    Franko

  3. 3 mofuzz July 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

    right on!

  4. 4 the lindalinian July 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Wow. These guys are incredible. Thanks for digging these out.

    Best,

    Scott

  5. 5 Boebis August 28, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Thanks for the post. Amazingly, I thought exactly the same thing with the break of tu donde estas! 🙂
    I dont know if they are chicha or not. Some songs sound very chicha like Para Elisa, Patricia… no?

  6. 6 josephfranko August 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    From what I understand the term “chicha” came way later. Although the Destellos are definately some of the originators of that sound. They just really crossed over all sorts of different music styles.

  7. 7 Boebis February 6, 2010 at 8:29 am

    hi,

    Do you know when De donde estas was released? thanks, I’m just curious to know if it’s an early one because it sounds very like nova ola, and not like cumbia at all.

  8. 8 feliz June 20, 2010 at 6:34 am

    After all these years ( i am 25 ) I still love this psychedelic sound

  9. 9 yinyang August 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    To all those confused young generation, chicha is a peruvian beverage (chicha morada and chicha de jora). The tropical music played by Los Destellos and their generation had been known as a “cumbia peruana” because their main instrument was the electric guitars, different from cumbia colombiana.
    The latest tropical version is a fusion of more huayno than tropical and can be called cumbia andina not chicha.

    I prefer the old version of cumbia peruana; each band had their own style, tune and their songs were meaningful in other words, anyone could know who is who just by listening the song.

    Now, the band leader is Enrique’s sister. Personally I don’t like the new version of Los Destellos they don’t have the swing they used to had.

    By the way thanks for the songs, keep posting.

  10. 10 boebis August 30, 2010 at 12:51 am

    You’re so wrong;-) The difference between the old cumbia and the new cumbia is true, but the new one with huayno flavor is definitely called chicha… even it’s also the name of a beverage.

    http://apellidosperuanos.wordpress.com/chicha-peruana/

  11. 11 josephfranko August 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I pretty much delineate all this in the first few sentences of this post. I have to agree with Boebis. There definately was a genre of cumbia music in peru called chicha, and yes i know its also a name for a drink. I have tons of music from peru that refers to itself as chica. Look at it this way – Chicha is basically Cumbia Peruana or music like Los Destellos on more of a huayno or cholo tip. And yes its even played with electric guitars and sometime spoken in quechua. Read Dj Lengua’s post here:

    https://supersonido.net/2010/02/06/day-6-pepito-quechua/

  12. 12 Adam February 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Boogaloo Del Peru is basically the best shit ever! I can die a happy man now…

  13. 14 edwin April 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    yo solo puedo decir estos musicos que son de la puta mare ellos son los papas de la musica PERUANA

  14. 15 SICODELIA July 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

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    Empresas INTERESADAS EN CONTRATAR el Espectáculo de LOS EX INTEGRANTES DE LOS DESTELLOS ES SABIDO PUBLICAMENTE que asi como EL MAESTRO TITO CAYCHO y el maestro Fernando Quiroz y otros ex integrantes no son considerados ni reconocidos como deberian serlo por ser patrimonio musical de nuestro Pais Verdaderos Creadores de la Cumbia Peruana, asi que aclaramos A LA OPINION PUBLICA que nosotros tenemos esa labor y mision muy arraigada y estamos comprometidos con ello.
    Existen muchos grupos en el mercado de la Cumbia DE eX INTEGRANTES asi POR EJEMPLO como Alma Bella y Agua Bella, Kaliente y Somos Kaliente, Super Kaliente, Los Villacorta y Los Hermanos Villacorta, Juaneco y su Combo I y II, Alegria I II y III, y asi un sin fin de grupos de ex intengrantes que siguen vigentes, apreciando que hay mercado y publico para todos pero que la diferencia esta en QUE LOS ORIGINALES SIEMPRE SERAN LOS ORIGINALES POR QUE LO QUE ELLOS HICIERON NO PUEDE SER IMITADO NI SUPLANTADO.

  15. 16 Mark Harris September 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Just bought my first Los Destellos album accidently in Alaska of all places. It is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. I just found your sight searching for info on the band. The album I bought is Clase…Aparte. It rocks.

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  17. 18 sergioat September 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Boogaloo de el perro ; bery good!!


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