Artist Profiles: Domingo Rodriguez “El Colorao”

Domingo Rodriguez “El Colorao” – Photo by DH

Domingo Rodríguez Oramas, nicknamed “El Colorao” was born 1964 in la Vega de Tetir, in the island of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain). He grew up in a family of musicians that taught him the islands’ folk traditions.

In 1985 he traveled to Paris to learn classical guitar with Canary Islander maestro Blas Sánchez. He later attended guitar courses in Madrid. In 1990 he returned to the Canary Islands, where he began teaching music. Two years later, in 1992, he focused his professional career to the study of the small guitar called timple. He performed throughout the islands, the Spanish mainland and overseas.

He has three recordings: El timple (1995), Timpliando (1999) and Aulaga (2003).

He currently combines his career as a performer with his work as a timple music teacher at the Escuela Insular de Musica del Cabildo Insular de Fuerteventura and teaching timple courses throughout the islands.


El timple (1995)
Timpliando (1999)
Aulaga (Colorado Producciones, 2003)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.

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