Dominican Guitar Classics

Puerto Plata – Mujer de Cabaret  (Iaso, 2007)

Various Artists –  Bachata Roja (Iaso, 2007)

Iaso Records is releasing some of the most interesting music our of the Dominican Republic. Leaving aside the ubiquitous merengue, Iaso has focused instead on the great rural guitar tradition of the Caribbean island.

José Manuel Cobles (Puerto Plata) is an 83 year old guitarist who keeps the acoustic guitar tradition alive. His life motto is “Enchanted with life, and forgetting about death.”

Puerto Plata is the last of his generation. On Mujer de Cabaret, he plays lively songs in several forms: bachata, bolero, merengue, mangulina and ranchera. The instrumentation is essentially vocals, fiery guitars, percussion and bass.

The compilation Bachata Roja focuses on the delectable acoustic bachata, which was popular until the 1980s. Acoustic bachata is centered on the sound of the acoustic guitar. Bachata Roja is a series of songs which feature excellent performances by some of the best players of the time. 

Buy Mujer de Cabaret and Bachata Roja.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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.