In 1963, the Parra brothers, Eduardo, Claudio and Gabriel, along with some friends, begin performing at parties and local functions in their native city, Vinña del Mar, in Chile. Soon, they became stars of the discotheque scene, featuring all forms of tropical music, sambas, bossa nova and other styles. But searching for a personal music vision of improvisation and fusion, in 1969 they changed their name to Los Jaivas, and begin appearing at all of Chile's main music festivals. Their first record, combining traditional folk music with the modern sounds of rock and pop was released the following year.
Their second album, Todos Juntos (All Together), not only increased their popularity in Chile, but throughout the entire Latin American region. Soon, they decided to make the centrally-located Buenos Aires, Argentina, their city of residence, and during the next few years, their following grew throughout Brazil, Uruguay Peru, Argentina and Chile.
By 1977, the group looked for new worlds to conquer. They sailed to Europe, finally installing themselves in Paris, France, where they live to this day. Awards and achievements greeted the group in France, Amsterdam, Belgium, Germany, Spain and more. In a historical event, they were invited to perform in the USSR and in only 33 days they played 30 concerts.
Now stars in Europe, in 1985 the group began a trip to the United States and Canada. For the first time, Los Jaivas' unique combination of folk songs and instruments with electric guitar, synthesizers and other modern technologies were heard by audiences often quite unfamiliar with the music of Latin performers. At the Ritz in New York, at Boston University, at halls in Denver, San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto, Los Jaivas met with artistic success.
On a new tour of Latin America, tragedy strikes. Brother Gabriel, known as the "soul of the group" dies in a car accident in Peru. The group continues to tour, and in 1990, Gabriel's daughter, Juanita Parra takes her father's part as the group's drummer. Los Jaivas begins a period of reorganization.
A new three-year project begins in 1992. The old repertoire is re-studied and the musicians work hard to create new musical ideas. In late 1994, they enter the recording studio for five months to work without interruption on their new creation, Hijos De La Tierra (Children of the Earth).
The title song single "Hijos de la Tierra" reaches the top of the charts after only a few short weeks, and sells 25 thousand copies almost immediately. An extended tour returns them once more to national prominence. Now, listen for yourself to the music of the Andes that excited their country and the Inca-Rock stylings loved by Los Jaivas fans all over the world!