Peru were a Dutch electronic combo that released the album Macchu Picchu on eponymous imprint Peru Records in 1981, followed by three albums on CNR during the ensuing half-decade. Members: Ruud van Es, Rob Papen, Peter Kommers, Jos van de Dungen Discography: Macchu Picchu (1981) Constellations (1981) Continents (1983) Points of the Compass (1986) Forlian […]

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue were a Peruvian psychedelic hard-rock band that was intermittently active during the first half of the 1970s. The band released their eponymous debut on Mag in 1971, followed by a brief interruption where half the band got absorbed into Lima competitors Tarkus. The second Telegraph Avenue album appeared in 1975, after which political […]

Yma Sumac

Yma Sumac (September 13, 1922 – November 1, 2008) was a Peruvian vocalist and performer who was popular with international audiences during the 1950s. Distinguished by her outlandish getups and expressionistic five-octave range, she recorded a string of albums in the mambo/exotica vein, most notably the Les Baxter-conducted Legend of the Sun Virgin (1952) and […]


Pax were a Peruvian psych-rock band that released one album, May God and Your Will Land You and Your Soul Miles Away, in 1970. The band evolved out of ’60s beat/garage combo Los Shain’s. Guitarist Enrique “Pico” Ego Aguirre also played in Bossa 70 and Gerardo Manuel & El Humo. Members: Enrique “Pico” Ego Aguirre […]


Laghonia were a Peruvian psychedelic-rock band that was active between 1968 and 1972. The band released two albums on Discos Mag, following a few early singles as the New Juggler Sound. Group members also played in the local acts Cerro Verde, Smog, Sudamérica, and We All Together. Members: Saúl Cornejo (vocals, guitar), Carlos Salom (Hammond […]

Black Sugar

Black Sugar were a Peruvian Latin-funk band that released two albums in the early 1970s. The band evolved from the late-’60s singles act Los Far Fen. Members: Coco Salazar (guitar), Miguel “Chino” Figueroa (keyboards), Jose Cruz (drums), Coco Lagos (percussion) Discography: Black Sugar (1971) Black Sugar II (1972)


Frágil are a Peruvian symphonic-rock band that has been intermittently active since the late 1970s. The band drew an international following with their 1981 debut album Avenida Larco. Nine years and several lineup changes would precede any further recorded activity. Members: Octavio Castillo [aka Tavo Castillo] (keyboards, flute, steel guitar, mandolin, vocals), Luis Valderrama (guitar), […]