Chico Trujillo is Chile's most prominent Cumbia band. They are the soundtrack to every party from Santiago to Valparaiso. They can fill stadiums, have played with legends Los Tres and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Their mixture of classic cumbia and hints of rock and ska has assured them audiences from every generation and every walk of life. These nine musicians originally came together in Chico Trujillo as a side project of a ska band called La Floripondio. Listening to Chico de Oro, its latest album and debut release on Barbès Records (out May 11, 2010), you might grasp how cumbia is a crossroads. In one direction, it allows the performers to create a link with the past: the Chile before Pinochet's rule, when fiestas gave way to protest. If the Junta's rise to power in 1973 signaled a loss of innocence, the band's exuberance signifies a welcome return to the ludic world of dance parties and nocturnal pleasures.