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Trobador Jíbaro

Trobador Jíbaro
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Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 1 N: 78] (401)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-13
Categories: Event, Mood
Camera: Canon PowerShot S50
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-26 18:15
Viewed: 2253
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This is Odilio González, a famous Puerto Rican music troubador, singing at the Festival Jíbaro Comerieño 2009 held annually in the mountain town of Comerio, Puerto Rico. In his style of singing the idea is to come up with a spontaneous rhyme that is witty and yet stays within the canon of existing music and lyrics. Many times troubadors are given the last verse of their song as the music begins and they have only seconds to come up with a creative way to rhyme their way to that specific phrase.

Odilio González was born in 1939 in the center of the island of Puerto Rico, in the small town of Lares.

One of Puerto Rico's most renown and beloved popular singers, Odilio González has enjoyed an avid following for his expert singing of the island's ancient traditional poetic song form, the décima (also known as "jíbaro" music), as well as a crooner of mainstream pop music. His stage name was "Jibarito de Lares". He debuted in 1955 at the age of 16 on the New York City stage, singing before throngs of enthusiastic and nostalgic Puerto Ricans in the famed Teatro Puerto Rico. His first recordings of traditional jíbaro singing for the Ansonia label were also made in New York City during that period. He was considered a child prodigy in the music business during the Golden Age of New York jíbaro music recordings of the 1950s. Fellow Lares native José Feliciano's singing style was heavily influenced by González's during his early youth.

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