Los Beta 5

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Shown here in 1969 with sister Norma on the rhythm sticks

Formed in Lima in the late 1960’s by Nelsón Canevello Pardo, who served as the group’s director and lead guitarist. Truly a family affair, the group further consisted of Nelsón’s brothers Fernando (AKA Papi) on backup guitar and bass, Reynaldo the timbalista, Germán on the guiro and maracas, and Juan played the bongos at the tender age of 11! One member of the group  was not a brother, but according to the liner notes of the first LP, he was considered as such, tumba and quinto player Pancho Lema. Based off of photos on the albums it appears Pancho was replaced by the time the third LP was released but I can’t confirm this.losbeta5

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The family: Father Fernando Canevello Ballesteros and Mother Estela Pardo. Children (L-R): Reynaldo, Norma, German,Fernando, Norma, Nelson, Juan

 

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Shown here with a new tumba player?

The group signed with Fabricantes Tecnicos Asociados (FTA) in the latter half of 1969.I know the group had their own label CANPAR (CANevello-PARdo) but I’m only familiar with Los Ecos release on the label. If you have any other tracks released on the label please let me know. At a later point in their career Los Beta 5 started adding vocals to their songs as sung by Chango (Eugenio Chavez).

As far as I can tell, Nelson died of a heart attack (year unknown), Reynaldo died of Parkinsons (year unknown), and German die of cardiac arrest. Juan lives in Callao and is the leader of his group KOMBINACION PERFECTA. Fernando’s whereabouts are unknown.

One thought on “Los Beta 5

  1. Nice post mate, i m Peruvian and i love the music ( Chicha, Psych Cumbia) of my country from the early 70s.
    One of my favs group is Los Beta 5, thx u for that pictures of Los Beta 5.
    Cheers from Lima – Peru.

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