Day 19: Descarga Peruana on MaG

Who would have thought that music from Peru would have affinities towards a more Cuban and/or Nuyorican sound –  well the Peruvian MaG label sure did. Be sure to check out O-dubs article this month – I’m expanding a tiny bit on what he had started.

From the 50’s to the 70’s the MaG label was putting out some very gritty hard-edged sounds from South America. From the tune O-dub dropped, to the songs here, you can see the wide range of influence on this label. There is even a Bobby Cruz and Ricardo Ray cover. But from what I gathered, it was pianist Lucho  Macedo who was the record labels most popular artist (sorry I don’t have any 45’s of his on MaG). In fact, most musicians posted here played in his Sonora at one point in time, almost like an Alegre All Stars for the MaG label of sorts. Nevertheless, all these musicians really capture that 60’s Antillean sound very well. Please Enjoy!

1. Los Kintos: Tema

2. Coco Lagos y sus Otares: Guajireate

3. Mita y su Monte Adentro: Mita Descarga

4. Carlos Muñoz y su Sonora: Oye Mi Descarga

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4 Responses to “Day 19: Descarga Peruana on MaG”


  1. 1 lengua February 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

    I stand before you with my hands open, prostrate. If I were Muslim this would be my morning call to prayer. Thanks for the Peruano gems. Abrazos

  2. 2 Dj Mango February 20, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Hi Franko,
    I just want to congratulate you about your blogs..It is really well-done and I like it..
    Coming back to the Peruvian Sound amd its impact on Salsa, I just want to underline that the MAG ALL Stars were first than the Alegere all stars. La Sonora de MAG was mainly inspired from la Sonora Mantancera and Conjunto Casino(not from NY) and the impact of Cubans was very deep in the Peruvian Sound in the 50s-60s. I don´t know any other country where you can appreciate the Best guarachas than in Peru…Most of the Music-if not cumbia- of Lucho macedo, Niko Estrada, Nelson Ferreyra, Alfredo linares, Tito Chicoma, Coco Lagos, just to name a few, are based on guarachas with mainly a good piano solo…Another feature of the Peruvian music is the vocals…The Peruvian Singers know how to sign and have beautiful voices…Last but not least, Peru is a civilization country-las Incas- and like Africans, they have Rythm in the their blood…
    Many thanks for making known such musical masterpieces..


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