Grupo ATABAL (or just ATABAL) plays Afro Puerto Rican music emphasizing contemporary plena and bomba. 35 years performing throughout Puerto Rico and internationally. Under the influence of Caymmi Rodriguez, singer, percussionist and Hector Atabal Rodriguez's son, the group has taken on a rich percussion sound - traditional bomba but with a modern pop sound. Many of the group's newest songs are the product of Caymmi's love of bomba and plena with the music knowlege and experience of Hector.
HÉCTOR RODRÍGUEZ better known as “Héctor Atabal”. He is one of four musicians that started Atabal over 30 years ago. Mainly a Latin percussionist Hector also plays Brazilian pandeiro, berimbao, etc. He is now taking a break from playing to take care of himself since being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. But his presence is in every show, interview and activity Atabal has.
CAYMMI RODRIGUEZ is the group's songwriter, percussionist and singer for Atabal. He started out as the groups’ band boy, learned the ropes. He began playing panderos de plena, bomba drums and singing backup chorus with many other groups before becoming a member of Atabal. He also has the added task of being the band's administrator.
Atabal has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Caribbean and Folk Festivals such as Tazzfest in Oostende and Dranouter Festival (Belgium); the Festival del Libro de Guadalajara (Mexico) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Cuba Disco in Habana (Cuba) and other festivals in the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
In 2014 Atabal joined forces with David Marrero and produced the single Me dirás que sí. Now they recorded Hasta que Amanezca- music and lyrics- by David but with Caymmi's fast paced melodic style. The song has elements of "Bomba Holandé", latin percussion ( brass), urban (in its rhyme), a dancehall flow n the opening and pop.
Yo soy Atabal is the group's 3rd video and reflects the transitioning of the band musically and internally. It presents Hector's roots from birth to now being called by the band's name. But it also gives followers an introduction to the souind they are searching for. Many bandmembers have been playing in Atabal during the past 4- 5 years; many are in their early twenties ( except for Raul Rosario who has been singing and playing with Atabal for more than 20 years).
Grupo ATABAL (or just ATABAL) plays Afro Puerto Rican music emphasizing contemporary plena and bomba. 35 years performing throughout Puerto Rico and internationally. Under the influence of Caymmi Rodriguez, singer, percussionist and Hector Atabal Rodriguez's son, the group has taken on a rich percussion sound - traditional bomba but with a modern pop sound. Many of the group's newest son... more
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