Tierra Lejana (Iaso Records, 2003)
Super Uba y su Conjunto is an inspired Dominican group specializing in son, although
the group also plays the more rhythmic bachata and merengue. Uba’s heartfelt tyle of music has its roots in the
Dominican countryside, making it very similar to Cuban guajira music. Son
usually combines the two main influences in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean
islands: African rooted rhythms and deep Spanish influences. Uba’s style is very
melodic and guitars play an important role in the song structures.
Ubaldo Cabrera was born to a farming family in the rural town of Guateque de
la Isabela, near Puerto Plata. At age 19 he was drawn by his love for music to
the city of Santiago, where he lived with an uncle who taught him to sing and
play the guitar. Santiago is the heart of the Cibao, the northern region of the
Dominican Republic which is the cradle of merengue.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.