Guaco (band)

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Guaco is a tropical music band from Venezuela that was formed in Maracaibo by Mario Viloria, Alfonso "Pompo" Aguado, and Fernando Domínguez in 1968. Viloria, the main founder, retired to focus on his college studies; he was the group's main composer for several years. His home was also the main place where practices were held in the group's early years. The name Guaco is attributed a bird named "Guaco" that would fly over Viloria's house every morning. The band began as a gaita zuliana group, and during the 70s diverged from the traditional way of playing the genre by integrating it with elements of salsa music (such as complex horn arrangements), and adding in violins and electric guitars which were very unusual instruments to be included in a gaita band. Today, the Guaco rhythm continues to evolve through a complex mixture of gaita, salsa, pop music, jazz, funk and even rock and roll and vallenato rhythms, concocting a recognizable and unique style that is considered to be a hallmark of the tropical music genre.

Guaco won Pepsi Venezuela Music Awards for Tropical Video of the Year in 2012,[1] for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Tropical Video of the Year, and Tropical Artist of the Year in 2013,[2] for Best Tropical Artist in 2014,[3] and for Salsa Song of the Year, Salsa Video of the Year, Tropical Fusion Album of the Year, and Album of the Year in 2015.[4]

Band members[edit]

  • Mario Viloria - Founder, Main Composer, Director, Vocals, Musical Director, Guitar (Retired)
  • Alfonso "Pompo" Aguado - Founder (Retired)
  • Gustavo Aguado - Founder, Director, and Vocals
  • Juan Carlos Salas - Musical Director, Trumpet
  • Luis Fernando Borjas - Vocals
  • Diego Rojas - Vocals
  • Marc Meléndez - Vocals
  • Alexis Moreno - Charrasca
  • Yonis Flores - Drum (Tambora)
  • Vladimir Quintero - Congas
  • Julio Rivera - Timbales
  • Humberto Casanova - Drums
  • Gustavo Molero - Bongo, Bells, and Percussion
  • Rafael Greco - Tenor Sax
  • Norman Cepeda - Trombone
  • Edepson González - Keyboards
  • Henry Paul - Bass
  • Carmelo Medina - Guitar

Discography[edit]

  • Navidad Zuliana (Conjunto gaitero los Guacos del Zulia) - 1964-1965
  • Maracaibo Cuatricentenario (Conjunto gaitero estudiantil los Guacos del Zulia) 1965-1967
  • Festiival Gaitero (Conjunto gaitero estudiantil los Guacos del Zulia) 1966-1967
  • El Obrero (Conunto Los Guacos del Zulia) - 1968-1970
  • Maracaibo Cuatricentenario - 1969-1972
  • Los Guacos - 1970-1971
  • Guaco - 1971-1972
  • Esta gaita si está en algo - 1972-1973
  • Gaita a todo color con los Guaco - 1973-1975
  • Guaco 73 - 1973-1974
  • No diga que no los ha escuchado ni los ha visto - 1974-1975
  • Guaco 75 - 1975-1976
  • Guaco 76 - 1976-1977
  • Grupo Guaco 77 - 1977-1978
  • Criollo y Sabroso (Disco doble) - 1978-1979
  • Guaco 79 - 1979-1980
  • Guaco 80 - 1980-1982
  • Guaco 81 - 1981-1982
  • Guaco 82 - 1982-1984
  • Guaco 83 - 1983-1984
  • Guaco es guaco - 1984
  • Guaco 85
  • Tercera Etapa - 1986
  • Maduro - 1987
  • Dejando Huella - 1988
  • Betania - 1989
  • Atraccion Fatal - 1990
  • Guaco 90
  • Guaco 91
  • Guaco 91 (Japanese version)
  • Guaco 92
  • Guaco 93
  • Triceratops - 1993
  • Guaco Clásico I
  • Guaco Clásico II
  • Guaco Clásico III - Sabroso
  • Archipiélago
  • Amazonas
  • Cómo era y cómo es - 1999
  • Guaco es Guaco - 2000 (Compilation album under Universal Masters Collection label)
  • Equilibrio - 2001
  • Galopando - 2002
  • El sonido de Venezuela - 2005
  • Equus - 2006
  • Guajiro - 2010
  • Escultura - 2012
  • Guaco Histórico (DVD) - 2014
  • Presente continuo - 2014
  • Guaco Histórico 2 - 2016
  • Bidimensional - 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primera entrega de los Premios Pepsi Music" [First Presentation of the Pepsi Music Awards] (in Spanish). Venevisión. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Lo mejor de los Premios Pepsi Music 2013" [The Best of the 2013 Pepsi Music Awards] (in Spanish). Venezuela Al Día. 29 May 2013. Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Con homenaje al 'Tío Simón', los Premios Pepsi Music celebraron en grande la música nacional" [With Tribute to 'Uncle Simón', the Pepsi Music Awards Celebrate National Music in a Big Way] (in Spanish). Caracas: Noticias24. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Guaco consiguió cuatro Premios Pepsi Music" [Guaco Wins Four Pepsi Music Awards]. El Nacional (in Spanish). 7 September 2015. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2018.

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