La Chamba's First Full-Length Album
La Chamba means “work,” and is a word used on the streets of Latino/a America to describe your “hustle and grind.” We began about 7yrs ago when we fell in love with the working-class sound of 60’s and 70’s psychedelic Peruvian Surf-Pop music. In the garages and backyards of East & South Central Los Angeles, we found a home in Peru’s Chicha culture- the sound and social message resonated deeply with who we are. We fuse electric guitar & organs with Afro-latin rhythms such as cumbia & salsa, and bring our unique spice to L.A.’s thriving musical scene.
Since day one when we started La Chamba, our friends and loved ones have always shown us the way!
We learned that it takes family and friends to make creative dreams come true.
We have grown so much over the past year and a half recording, mixing & mastering our music. We made it this far along the process, and now we need your help to bring our first full-length album to life!
Our album is entitled “Ecos de la Selva,” ( “Echoes of the Jungle” ) and was tracked, mixed and mastered in City Terrace, East Los Angeles- it will feature 11 tracks + (2 Bonus Tracks). Our hope is to bring the sounds of the natural and concrete jungle together, and share our musical experience with the world!
Artwork by: Cesar Ruiz
We pay humble homage to Chicha classics with our own original arrangements - including trumpet & trombone, 3 & 4 part vocal harmonies, 12-string electric guitars, organs and elements of funk!
We also feature the legendary Peruvian Guitarist Jose L. Carballo, (from Chacalon Y La Nueva Crema, La Mermelada & Los Hijos Del Sol), on the classic track “Cariñito.”
Recording is costly, and so is packaging, promoting & distributing our music. We also have many other expenses ahead of us once our album is physically in our hands (that exceed the amount we are hoping to raise). The more you can help us raise, the more we can accomplish. Donations at any level are greatly appreciated, and funds that exceed our goal will help us spread and share our music with even more folks!
Your Funds will help pay for:
-Cd Replication of 1k CDs & Shipping
-Album Artwork & Layout
-Video Production & Additional Photography
-Promotional Materials Such as: ( Flyers, Buttons, Stickers & T-Shirts)
-Go Fund Me fees (for processing pledges) - Approximately 7.9% of total + .30 cents per Transaction
*** Publicist (if we can exceed our goal)
We have created different suggested donation levels with fun incentives to show you how much we love and appreciate you! If you have any suggestions and or wish to make a custom donation, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
We hope to share our music with you soon~
Thank you from the top, to the bottom of our hearts!
Alejandro Araujo- Electric Guitar & Backup Vocals
Kyle Armstrong- Organ & Piano
Jaime Cisneros- Timbales, Percussion & Backup Vocals
Mario Gonzalez- Guiro, Bongos & Backup Vocals
Carlos Zaragoza- Bass
Jason Zepeda- Congas & Lead Vocals
Much gratitude to our featured musical guests:
Jose L. Carballo - Electric Guitar
Joseph Quiñones - Trumpet, Trombone & Flute
Jose Cruz Jr. - 12-String Electric Guitar & Synths
Chrisol Lomeli - Back-Up Vocals
Gustavo Cayro - Shekere
Adrian Garcia - Keys & Organs
Special thanks to The Get Down Collective for all their support over the years ~ their hard work and dedication has helped us grow so much. Special thank you to Jose Cruz Jr. for Mixing & Mastering our album with skill and patience. Much appreciation and respect to Gabriel Garcia of Changui Majadero for his musical guidance and insight. We are eternally grateful to all our friends, families, musical sisters and brothers- all of you who have danced with us, and believed in us over the years.
We are super excited to finally be sharing our music with everyone! Thank you for all your support and patience. If you ordered a digital album, CD, T-shirt, Poster, Sticker & Button, your shipment will be sent out early next week!
For T-Shirt SIZES: If you ordered a t-shirt, please send us your name & shirt size via email by Monday May 22nd. If we don't hear back, we will send a medium or a large as a default size. Sizes available are: s,m,L,XL,2XL,3XL.
For Vinyl Purchases: Vinyl will be sent out at the end of June, normal pressing for vinyl takes about 12 to 16 weeks. Thank you so much for your patience.
If you have any questions regarding your order, please don't hesitate to contact us. (please include your name and what you ordered when contacting)
Wishing you all the best, with gratitude & love!
Dreams do come true when you have so many good people conspiring to make it real!
Thank you sincerely for your love!
Now we are raising the bar to 4.5k because- it will help us put our album on vinyl and send it to Japan! If you donated $50 or more, our limited edition vinyl record will be included with your gift pack!
We have also included the option to pre-order our limited edition vinyl for $40 (includes CD + digital download).
Thank you for your continued support!
Pls like and spread the word :) <3
With much soul and love!