Babel Bar’s wonderful tribute to Diá de la Raza featuring music from Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Peru and Argentina as well as the Mediterranean was held on Sunday, October 13. Music was plentiful as the scene moved seamlessly from stage to stage making the most of the day by presenting many talented groups from noon until 6:00 PM.
The day began with Tongo on traditional Andean pipes, voice and guitar. They really set the mood for what was to follow with their varied and energetic repertoire of traditional Peruvian pieces like El Condor Pasa by Daniel Alomía Robles to a very exciting rendition of Moliendo Café, a popular piece by José Manzo Perroni of Venezuela.
Next up were Zoe Wood and Eduardo Leon (Zoe and Leon) who honored both Eduardo’s Mexican heritage and Zoe’s love for Mexico. Showing their versatility they paid tribute to one of Zoe’s favorites Trio los Pancho (from the epoca de oro of the 40’s and 50’s) with a medley of the heart rendering romantic pieces, Amorcito Corazon and Sin Ti. Eduardo’s voice and guitar stood out with their inspired rendition of the traditional Huapango piece Cielo Rojo written by Juan Záizar from our own state of Jalisco.
Suite Sounds followed with Nacho Flores and Magali Uribe playing guitar and violin. Magali’s sweet and moving vocals were marvelous and when she picked up her violin she and Nacho soared. Nacho, a true master on guitar, Arabian Oub, Bazouki and Mandolin treated the crowd to solos that mesmerized. Together they performed a particularly moving rendition of Concierto Aranjuez.
Following were Paolo Urcelli and Sylvia Basurto (Laboquita Vallarta) doing their poignant Argentine collection including the beautiful tango Volver by Carlos Gardel, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera.
Diego Mateo and Nacho Flores of Moruno performed their wonderful Mediterranean music to an enthusiastic crowd ending with an Israeli piece, which Diego prefaced by emphasizing the need for unity in a world of conflict, and expressing the theme for the day that music unites us all and brings us joy.
The program ended with the return of Laboquita, with flamenco dancer Sol doing a collection of flamenco pieces that thrilled the audience.
The crowd was large and fun was had by all. An ever-changing audience filled the picturesque patio and garden on the Cuale River where they enjoyed great food, drinks and music all day long. Congratulations to Babel Bar for a very successful event. They are located at Aquiles Serdán 437 on the island and they promise many more delightful events in the future. Meanwhile they will keep us entertained with a regular schedule including Suite Sound on Sundays, Moruno on Thursdays, Zoe and Leon on Friday from 1-3. If you have not already, be sure to pay them a visit. You will be happy you did.