Los Pregoneros del Puerto is a dynamic Mexican group that performs traditional jarocho music from the Mexican Gulf Coast. Led by Jose Gutiérrez on jarana, the group features Gonzalo Mata, and Manuel Vásquez. Guitarist Valente Reyes also performs regularly with the group. All of these musicians are native to the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
As young men, all three played together in Veracruz in the early 1960s and, after many years of separation, they were reunited in 1982. Gutiérrez, who was brought up in a family of ranchers and musicians, serves as the group’s lead singer, or pregonero (literally, “caller”).
Music of Veracruz: The Sones Jarochos of Los Pregoneros del Puerto (Rounder Records, 1985)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.