Peru’s Dengue Dengue Dengue, the project of masked duo and all round creatives Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, first made noise around 2010, bringing the world their unique does of electronic psychedelia that blends traditional Cumbia dance music with global bass-heavy sounds.
Not only talking through music, their message expands to that of their physical appearance and visuals, with their masks mirroring mythical creatures and music videos presenting magically warped moments in history.
Their latest effort sees them return to Branko’s Enchufada label, presenting a new four-track EP Son De Los Diablos.
Named after a traditional dance of the Afro-Peruvian slave population, the EP was recorded with members of the Ballumbrosio family — a lineage of musicians and dancers widely regarded as leading ambassadors of Afro-Peruvian culture. It’s also the first time Dengue Dengue Dengue recorded every element with only live musicians.
Keen to know more, we requested Dengue Dengue Dengue capture their recording process, documenting jamming sessions via photo and video diaries in both El Carmen Chincha and Lima.
El Carmen, Chincha
These photos are from the recording session we did in El Carmen, Chincha. We set up a mobile studio in a hut near the cotton fields, where we recorded with several members of the Ballumbrosio Family. In this part of the recording we worked more in tracks that we have already composed, so we recorded several instruments to complement this compositions.
These were taken in Lima, in Qmulus Sound studio, along side Branko and Matias Aguayo. Here the setup was different, we tried several different formats, jamming and bouncing ideas between all of us.
We also recorded, separate rhythms at different bpms, making a sort of library of Afro-Peruvian sounds. Rhis turned up to be super useful in the making of this EP, the title track ‘Son de los diablos’ is a direct product of this sound library.
These are videos of a jamming session we did at the end of the studio day in Chincha.
Son De Los Diablos is out now on Enchufada. Order it here.
Masks made by Carol Almedia