Some time ago I got confused finding two ‘Sambistas’ with the name
Noël Rosa. Yesterday I got confused over two African artists both
using the name ‘Papa Noël’. Isn’t that strange ? Now, Noël means
Christmas and since it’s december it seems appropriate to post some
music with that theme. This is Chuito, a Jibaro from Puerto Rico.
With the Orchestra of Johnny el Bravo. ( I love that name, makes me
think of the Johnny Bravo Cartoons ) Executive Producer; Jerry Masucci
for Fania Records, I don’t know about you but this is the stuff
I listen to with Christmas.
1 Fiesta de los viejos
2 Que bueno es cantar
3 Recuerdos de ayer
4 La viuda del Mayoral
5 Hay que tener fe
6 Yo me tomo el ron
7 Non Chu con Johnny el Bravo
8 Las cadenas
9 Lamento Jibaro
10 Tenia menos que yo
From Puerto Rico we have an album by the great ‘Ramito’.
His full name is Morales Ramos and he was one of the last to bring
a simple string-based Jibaro sound. His love for Puerto Rico, his ‘patria’,
( motherland ) is a favourite theme on practically all his albums.
1 El plato del dia
2 Soy el canario
3 Sospiros y dolamas
4 Amor y patria
5 El dia en que yo muera
6 El cantar de Puerto Rico
7 A Luis Muñoz Marin
8 Guerra contra los Pidiones
9 Ya amanecio
10 Campeando por su respeto
The authentic mountain music of Puerto Rico is called ‘jíbaro’.
One of the most important interpreters of the style was certainly
Chuito, el de bayamón. On the LP of his collegue ‘Ramito’ I posted
recently, Ramito sings his goodbuy to the late and great Chuito.
1 A los campesinos
2 Lamento jíbaro
3 Se solicita un novio
4 Quiero saber
5 Alegre Diana
6 Mi gallo Camagüey
7 Mi casita
8 Pobre de mi
9 Mi plena
11 Mejor que el pan
12 La tranca
One of the last artists that kept the Jibara alive was Ramito.
On this album Ramito sings about his beloved Puerto Rico
with the great Trio Vegabajeño. I found it with a bunch of others
in a Paris recordstore, great catch. Goza con el Gran Ramito !
1 78 pueblos Borincanos
2 Boricua hasta el hueso
3 El enamorado
4 Memorias de Chuito
5 Mano a mano
6 El trabajo y la vagancia
7 Para recordar a Ladi
8 Cadenas del 1800
9 La mujer de mi tierra
10 Por causa del ron
Flor Morales Ramos was his name, they called him ‘Ramito’.
Ramito was a patriot like no one and wrote lots of songs about
his beloved Puerto Rico. He was the most productive musician,
I just found a dicography with over 150 titles, incredible.
This is an album I found in a recordstore in Paris, I just
got back from a quick trip to France. One of our loyal visitors
invited me for his birthday party and I met some very nice people
there, sorry I left in a rush everybody, that happens.
I could not resist going to that great Paris recordshop,
and want to thank the chief there, let’s call him ‘F’.
Thanks ‘F’ for helping me find this fantastic Jibara
and lots of other fine music.
To be continued.
1 A los Borincanos
2 Juana de Arco
3 Triste y solitario
4 La tierra mia
5 Soy un desventurado
6 Dulce patria mia
7 El ultimo adios a mi madre
8 Desde mi tumba
9 San Juan Bautista
10 Amanecer Borincano
11 El conde Olivero
12 Tristeza en navidad
Ramito’s Jíbaro from Puerto Rico is super fine,
and if you want to try it, our friend Yoyo from
listentoyourears just posted some, just
Hello musiclovers around the globe, I just got back from a
two day record-hunt through Belgium and the Netherlands.
I visited Antwerp, Brussels, Nijmegen and Arnhem, and
found quite some material to spoil you with in the
I start with an album I was very lucky to find.
Let me explain, my first encounter with Ramito was
when I found this_album at La Caja de Pandora.
I was surprised and exited hearing this delightful style
form Puerto Rico. So when I had a conversation with Mrs. Salsa,
in the Amsterdam Bimhuis later, and heard her speak about Ramito
so passionately, I decided to start a search for his music.
She explained to me a ‘Jibaro’ is a wild dog in Cuba, but in
Puerto Rico it is this fine music.
For two days I saw a lot of LP’s and also bought quite some.
When I visited the very last shop, in Arnhem, they had very
little Worldmusic, I couldn’t believe my eyes when this
treasure of Ramito appeared. It was the rewarding final piece
I brought home from a great trip.
About Ramito, I’ll quote the backsleeve; “Ramito is a true
child of Puerto Rico. Born and raised there, he loves his
homeland and shows his devotion in his singing.
Ramito is a troubadour – as such he sings and improvises
about everything that moves him: Love, patriotism, politics
and the trivia of daily live.”
Our friend Yoyo from Listentoyourears will post some Jibaro
in the near future he promised me. He’s got a great collection
of this nice Puerto Rican music.
1 El Jibaro del cuento
2 La historia de un mal padre
3 El deudor de todos
4 En el monte del olvido
5 Apellidos del hombre casado
6 Ramito en Hawaii
7 Soy Boricua
8 Penas que matan
9 El grito del buen Cubano
10 Flores para Hawaii
11 Aires Navideñas
12 Feliz año nuevo