Barbès Records was first started in 2004 as an outlet to release music by artists associated with the Brooklyn club of the same name. First releases were by Barbès regulars Las Rubias del Norte, One Ring Zero and Slavic Soul Party, but the label quickly developed a distinct identity. In 2007, Barbès released a compilation of vintage Peruvian tracks, The Roots of Chicha, which became an instant cult classic.
Since, the label has specialized in all sorts of impure music – idiosyncratic hybrids borne out of tradition but twisted into new shapes by adventurous musicians from Peru, Poland, Chile, France or the US.
Check out our past releases by Hazmat Modine, Chicha Libre, Very Be Careful or Pierre de Gaillande and expect new releases by Chico Trujillo, Ambrosia Parsley and South American musicians from decades past.
Barbès is also increasingly involved in presenting music in various venues in NYC as well as bringing artists from South America into the US including the Meridian Brothers and Los Wembler's de Iquitos.