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Transpacific Sound Paradise
Saturday, December 5, 2009
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Jose Cobles, nicknamed Puerto Plata after the town where he was born in the Dominican Republic in 1923, has been singing and playing almost since the day he was born. But various obstacles - first from the repressive Trujillo regime and later, societal trends in general - limited his musical opportunities.
So he had never recorded an LP until 2007, when IASO, a label dedicated to the acoustic roots of Dominican music, released his acclaimed debut "Mujer de Caberet". Puerto Plata stops by to talk about his life in music and his brand new second release on IASO, Casita del Campo.
Also joining us is David (Court) Wayne, who has played with Puerto Plata and written some of the many informative articles on Dominican musical traditions and artists on the IASO site and liner notes for the cds.
Puerto Plata has a few concerts scheduled in Texas and New Mexico in April 2010, and a tour of the Netherlands in late May. Tour dates here: http://www.iasorecords.com/tours-concerts.cfm.
Historical peg for today's show (thanks DJ Daniel Blumin for pointing this out): December 5 (the date this show aired) in 1492 was the date Christopher Columbus landed at Hispaniola - the island that comprises the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Next week's guests (along w/ Pharaoh's Daughter); playing w/ Ansambl Mastika @ Drom 85 Ave A NYC on Friday (Dec. 11). Cover of an Ethiopian classic originally performed by Muluqen Mellesse and also Mahmoud Ahmed.
Sat. 12/5/09 6:10pm
Sat. 12/5/09 6:13pm
Hi Rob, cool stuff
Sat. 12/5/09 6:22pm
great song from a great movie
Sat. 12/5/09 8:47pm
Wonderful show tonight, Rob! BTW, my wife watches QVC on mute while I listen to your show. A plaid Junior's cheesecake for $40 for her (don't think she's getting it, thank God) - groovin' to Franco and Sam Mangwana for me!