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Viento de Agua Unplugged

Artist:   Music of Puerto Rico

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Plena 2004 12 0
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© 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. All rights reserved.
Album download includes album tracks, liner notes and cover art.
All audio tracks in MP3-VBR format. About LPM album downloads.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Ahora Si 3:29 que yo vengo a cantar con mi guiro y su cadencia
02  El Leon 2:52 que la gente salga corriendo del zológico
03  Del Oye 4:24 ay del oye....alelú.....tarará
04  Quinto y Tumbador 3:31 oyeló oyeló....con el corte que te pone a bailar
05  Sire y Sire 4:53 porque están tocando mi balancé
06  Las Tarimas 4:54 yo quisiera dedicarle esta plena a los pleneros
07  Ola de la Mar 3:06 traigame la paz que mi plena va a sonar
08  Mayela 5:05 Puerto Rico bomba Mayelá
09  Pa’ un Plenero 5:25 que más se puede cantar pa'un plenero
10  Cucu 5:26 cucú titimayo pá
11  Maringracia 3:20 que bonito baila mi morena
12  Viento de Agua Llego 3:47 agua...aguacero cayendo
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With this recording, bandleader Tito Matos and his group "Viento De Agua" lay down some of the island's finest "materia prima" (raw material) of today's two most African Puerto Rican musical traditions -bomba and plena. This excellent production features Roberto Cepeda (son of the late bomba patriach Rafael Cepeda) and captures the stripped-down, straight-ahead version of his music, foregrounding its essence to the sound of unbridled percussion.
Download includes a very informative and comprehensive 40 page booklet.

La bomba y plena escuchadas en esta grabación son la materia prima de las principales tradiciones musicales afro-puertoriqueñas del presente. Cuando su dinámico líder Tito Matos creó el grupo Viento de Agua, él prometió mantener vivo el "sonido de la esquina de la calle" de la plena, música enraizada en la vida de la gente del pueblo. Viento de Agua Unplugged interpreta la versión básica y directa de su música, asentándose en su esencia—el sonido desenfrenado de la percusión, apoyando letras que proclaman temas locales. En estas presentaciones por veteranos de la bomba y la plena, Tito corrobora su idea de que "no se puede crear sin conocer las raíces."

The bomba and plena heard on this recording are the materia prima (raw material) of today's two most African Puerto Rican musical traditions. When its dynamic leader Tito Matos created the group Viento de Agua ("Wind of Water"), he vowed to keep alive the "streetcorner sound" of the plena, music rooted in the lives of ordinary people. Viento de Agua Unplugged plays the stripped-down, straight-ahead version of his music, foregrounding its essence—the sound of unbridled percussion, underscoring lyrics that proclaim local topics. In these performances by veterans of bomba and plena, Tito proves his claim that "There is no way to create if you don't have the roots."

Performance Credits:
Héctor "Tito" Matos - Mirian Félix - Joksan Ramos - Roberto Cepeda
Juan Guitíerrez - Sammy Tanco - Juan Richard Martínez

Production Credits:
Produced by Héctor "Tito" Matos & Daniel Sheehy
Recorded by Scott Lehrer & Pete Reiniger
Mixed by Pete Reiniger
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer
Liner Notes by Héctor "Tito" Matos & Juan Flores
Liner Notes by Daniel Sheehy
Design by Marlow Palleja Design
Notes Edited by Jacob Love
Photography by Marlow Palleja & Daniel Sheehy