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Gran Coquivacoa

Gran Coquivacoa is one of the great gaita/tamborera groups to emerge from Maracaibo in the Zulian State of Venezuela. Though their personnel has evolved over nearly 50 years, they have remained true to the roots of the pipe music tradition and have also broadened their sound to embrace salsa, merengue, and vallenato. The band was founded in 1968 by Jesús "Bocachico" Petit, Nelson Suárez, Rody Tigrera, Pedro Mavarez, Pedro Arteaga, and Manolo Salazar to play Christmas gaitas. In 1969, they recruited Nelson Martinez as lead singer; his reputation as "The Black Saint of the Gaita" is well-deserved. He brought additional members including drummers Pedro Arteaga, Jacinto Rivas, and Arcadio Charity, and Lao Yagua. This generation of the group followed in the tradition of Cardenales del Éxito, born seven years earlier, but they quickly established an individual identity due to the strong rhythmic invention of their new drummers and the compositions of Martinez.

In 1971, already quite popular on the local scene, they broke the gaita gender barrier by recording the hit "Golpe Curarigueño," with female vocalist Nílida Gutierrez. Their singles and subsequent albums, including El Gaitón del Diablo, Fiesta Santoral, and the now-legendary Los Reyes de la Tamborera in 1974, began hitting the charts. The band's reputation spread and they ruled the gaita scene throughout the '70s and '80s. In 1975, Jesús Borjas "Neguito" Urdaneta joined the group and shared lead vocal and songwriting duties with Martinez. Hit albums included their self-titled offering in 1977 and Libertad (1978). In the '80s, Martinez was invited by Super Combo los Tropicales to be their songwriter and arranger. When he left, Neguito brought in his brothers Oscar and Beto Borjas; he became the de facto leader of Gran Coquivacoa, as well as its lead vocalist and composer. The group's success continued with Catira de la Guaira (1984), La Maquina del Sabor (1989), Alegrando Corazones (1996), and Unplugged (Desenchufao) and Por Siempre Gaitas (both in 1999).

While the changing nature of the Venezuelan scene in the 21st century leaned toward a renewal of interest in pop vallenato, Gran Coquivacoa's meld of gaita, salsa, and merengue remained strong in both their releases and their performances -- they also added more traditional vallenato rhythms to their sound. They toured all over South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Standout albums from the 2000s include Energía Universal, En Alta Vibración (2002), Guerreros de la Luz (2003), Madre Tierra (2008), and Neguito y Sus Invitado (2011), as well as many live recordings and compilations. The group has experienced a new interest from Europeans and Americans with the latest remastered reissue of Los Reyes de la Tamborera, which is considered a global classic. ~ Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Soy Zuliano

1. Soy Zuliano

2. Como El Primer Dia

3. La Señorial

4. Ensayo Gaitero

5. Homenaje En Vida

6. Sentimiento Gaitero

7. Asi Llora El Pueblo

8. Tamborera No. 12

9. Mi Niña

10. Gaiteando Fue

11. Frente A Tu Altar

12. Asi Es Venezuela

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Track List: La Maquina Del Sabor 93

1. Gracias - Tema Aniversario -

2. Merecumbiaito

3. Venimos Cantando - Tamborera No. 25

4. La Botiguela

5. Papa Dios

6. Algo Sobrenatural

7. Parrandeala

8. Lagrimas Y Risas

9. Primitiva Y Ancestral

10. Mi Partido

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Track List: Tamborera N° 8

1. Tamborera No. 8

2. El Bravo

3. Gaiton No. 7

4. Recuerdos

5. Cuando Yo Era Chiquito

6. Por Que Te Vais

7. Desde La Basilica

8. El Pescador

9. El Burrito Parrandero

10. Parranda En Navidad

11. Soy Gaitero

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Track List: Gaiton N° 5

1. Gaiton No. 5

2. La Negra Candela

3. Juanita La Lavandera

4. Hechizo

5. El Trovador

6. Tamborera No. 6

7. Dispersos

8. El Uvero

9. Rey Gaiton

10. La Mulata

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Track List: Tamborera N° 9

1. Tamborera No. 9 (San Benito)

2. El Chocolagogue

3. Nunca Me Digas Que No

4. Mama Pancha

5. Canta Gaitero

6. Parranda Oriental

7. Tamborera Caliente

8. La Negrita

9. Las Promesas De Un Borracho

10. El Haren

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Track List: Luminos

1. El Juiki Juiki

2. La Catira De La Guaira

3. La Palomita Negra

4. Pi Pi Pu Pu

5. Mix Parrandero

6. Donde Estan?

7. Gaita Con Ritmo Nuevo

8. Sentir Zuliano

9. Orinoco

10. La Gaita De Los Zulianos

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Track List: Energia Universal

1. La Traidora

2. El Patio

3. Mi Guitarra

4. Gaitas Mix No.1

5. A Mi Que Me Importa

6. Nuestro Aval

7. El Es El Camino

8. La Retreta

9. Hagase Tu Voluntad

10. Dame Razon Papa Dios

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Track List: ... De Punto Alfa

1. Alo Presidente

2. Por Si Las Moscas

3. Ancestral

4. No Se Permite

5. Gaiton No.5

6. Versos Gaiteros

7. La Baba

8. El Vive

9. Mix Playero

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Track List: En Alta Vibracion

1. Rechazamos

2. Mi Tambora (La Gaita Del Tacataca)

3. La Mambogaita

4. Silbao

5. Mix Navideño

6. No Puede Ser

7. La Facilita

8. Son Caliente

9. Jesus

10. Devocion

11. Prohibido Olvidar

12. Tilin Tilan

13. La Nota

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Track List: Gran Coquivacoa

1. Rabo E'Gallo

2. El Raton Perez

3. Punta Icotea

4. Me Lo Decia

5. Tamborera Numero No. 9

6. El Disquito

7. El Borracho

8. El Cutu

9. Las Cabras

10. Las Bolas

11. Los Coleadores

12. Sin Rencor

13. Carmencita La Coja

14. La Pava

15. El Beisbol

16. Gaita Onomatopeyica

17. La Perola

18. La Rockola

19. La Television

20. La Negra Cocoa Coa

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