El Carretero

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Guillermo Portabale
El Carretero

[ BMG / ADA / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 4 October 2019

Guillermo Portabales (1911-1970) was a unique performer of the Cuban guajira rhythm, whose influence and popularity has reached far beyond his native Cuba to North & South America and West Africa.

His music had a significant influence on the artists who eventually came together as Buena Vista Social Club (a cover of one of his most famous songs 'El Carretero' features on the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club album), as well as notable Senegalese artists Orchestra Baobab and Cheikh Lô.

This collection of his classic 60s recordings was compiled by Nick Gold specifically for release on World Circuit in 1996. It has now been remastered specially for this release.


1. El Carretero
2. Cumbiamba
3. Junto a Un Cañaveral
4. Nostalgia Guajira
5. Tristeza Guajira
6. Yo te Canto Puerto Rico
7. Lamento Cubano
8. Guateque Campesino
9. Oye mi Son
10. Al Vaivén de Mi Carreta
11. Voy a Santiago a Morirme
12. Romance Guajiro
13. El Amor de mi Bohio
14. El Arroyo que Murmura
15. Cuando Sali de Cuba
16. Flor de Amor

El Carretero (2019 Remaster)