The “resurrection” of Peruvian tropical music, of psychedelic cumbia or, as others like to call it, chicha, is perhaps one of the most surprising musical phenomena in recent years.
Both Enrique Delgado and Manzanita, the two great founding guitarists of the genre, were equally characterized by making music that absorbed, without conflict, all possible manner of styles and that broke all the sound barriers. Both came from mestizo (mixed European-Amerindian) backgrounds and eventually touched on folklore and música criolla before entering the world of tropical fusion.
Enrique Delgado was characterized by his complex composition technique that included counterpoints taken from classical music, pentatonics, rock-style scales and chords and elements of tropical rhythms. This transformed him into a versatile and learned guitarist with a solid academic education (Delgado attended a musical conservatory) and he was conscious of each genre that he devoured and every boundary he crossed.