Jarabe de Palo in San Juan
The Spanish band presents their new album containing 21 of their best known songs plus an unpublished track versioned to piano and voice.
Formed in Barcelona in the mid-’90s, the Latin made their first big splash with its 1996 album La Flaca, the title track from which became the song of the summer in Spain in 1997. Determined not to be a one-hit wonder, leader and vocalist Pau Donés led his band through a series of successful releases over the next decade, including Depende (1998), De Vuelta y Vuelta (2001), Grandes Éxitos (2003), Un Metro Cuadrado (2004), and Adelantando (2007). In 2008, Jarabe de Palo announced it was departing from its longtime record label, EMI Music Spain, and going independent. The band founded its own imprint, releasing, Orquestra Reciclando. After the tremendous success of ¿Y Ahora Que Hacemos?, the band presents their new album Somos, released on February 2014.
Jarabe de Palo has won a host of prestigious music awards and has garnered Grammy nominations. The group’s long list of prominent collaborations includes work with Jovanotti, Niccolo Fabi, La Vieja Trova Santiaguera, Antonia Vega, Celia Cruz, and Vico C. Dones has even composed tracks for Ricky Martin.
Their new album, 50 Palos, is a compilation of 22 songs from the group with new arrangements to piano, string, double bass, programmed bases and percussion. They also announced the publication of a book with the same title, in which Donés recounts his best moments, but also his worst. He talks about suicide, love failure, a career with ups and downs, colon cancer, among others, while remaining optimistic.