Guillermo Portabales was a unique performer of the Cuban guajira rhythm which is halfway between punto and son. From this moment on, he was to divide his time between his work as a printer and his musical vocation — singing, serenading and livening up any celebration he went to. This he performed in a unique style — with added melody and cadence and stripped of the typical stridence of the guajiro.
In a word, elegantly. Because of this he was named the creator of guajira de salon — the new version heard and danced to in the city, which still tells of the life, suffering, love, fiestas and work of the peasant. He continued to compose and perfect his style singing his guajiras all over Eastern Cuba until He fell passionately in love with the island and stayed there for two years singing in the theatres, clubs and on radio. Portabales toured in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, New York and Tampa, popularising his guajiras and in particular El Carretero a hymn to the hard labour and worries of the peasant, which is now performed all over Latin America.
He combined his musical activity in Cuba with tours throughout the Americas, including a triumphant tour of the United States and a prolonged stay in Baranquilla, Colombia. There he played with his own conjunto and singer and guitarist Roberto Moya. At about this time fellow Cuban, Nico Saquito formed the famous quartet Los Guaracheros de Oriente who later took up residence in Puerto Rico without their founder, and recorded with Portabales.
Portabales finally settled in Puerto Rico in , where he further developed his artistic career, singing in clubs and theatres, making records and sporadically touring the continent until his untimely death on 25th October More recently his influence has spread as far as West Africa where his tunes, in particular, El Carretero, have been widely covered by groups such as Africando, Etoile and Orchestra Baobab.
Portabales was not just a lyricist but an excellent guitarist and sublime singer with incredible artistic charisma and elegance. Fotografiereis Havana, Cuba oktober El Amor Es Libre. Gloria Estefan - Samba Official Video. Master KG - Jerusalema [Feat. Nomcebo] Official Music Video. Romeo Santos - Imitadora. Besos a Escondidas - Ataca y Alemana. Nello - Mami Mixed by. Somaro - Het Komt Allemaal Goed. La Perversa - Ruling ft. Super Nuevo. El Guincho. Carlos Vives - Cumbiana Official Video. El Chaval - Donde estan esos amigos.
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