Friday, March 18, 2011

Jibarito Angels From Puerto Rico

My Dear Aunt Martha has been on a mission lately.  She is quite enthused about her work on Angel Watchers, and is always on the lookout for something special to share with all of you.  Well, Aunt Martha has outdone herself again.  You see, after she retired from the opera, she lived in Puerto Rico for several years, and supported herself by giving singing lessons.  Aunt Martha grew to love, and respect the people, and the music of Puerto Rico.  She phoned me about an hour ago, and was very excited about a video that she just found on the internet, of some Puerto Rican angels singing Jibaro music.  Aunt Martha explained to me that it is very rare for children to be performing Jibaro music, because it is difficult to play, and is largely improvisational in nature.  The lyrics are made up on the spot.  Some would say that Jibaro music is to the Puerto Rican people, what Flamenco is to the Spanish, and Fado to the Portuguese.  It is music that speaks directly from the soul.  Needless to say, I immediately logged on to the site that she gave me, to see what this was all about.  I was enchanted.  I played the video over, and over again, and it kept sounding better, and better with each play.  This is wonderful music that is not heard very often outside of Puerto Rico, and the children singing it are adorable.  The group is called "Capullos del Arte (Art Buds)".  The cuatro player has wonderful hands, and it is fun to watch him play his rifts.  There is also a rhythm guitarist who does double duty by playing bass notes.  And the singing, to me, has the definite feel of the Fado music of Portugal.  I was in music heaven, with these angels singing to me.  In this edition of Angel Watchers, Aunt Martha and I are proud to present, beautiful Jibarito angels from Puerto Rico.  Lei, Lo, Lei, Lo, Lai!  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

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