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Raul Barboza

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The musical traditions of the Guyani Indians of northeastern Argentina served as the training ground for Buenos Aires-born accordionist Raúl Barboza, but his music reflects a more-global view. A unique mix of Indian, European, and African influences, Barboza's tunes incorporate everything from tangos, mazurkas, and waltzes to natural sounds of the environment and wildlife. The recipient of a Konex Prize as one of the five Best Figures in the History of Argentinean Popular Music, in 1985, Barboza continued to explore new musical paths. His first album since moving to France, De Villa Nueva (released in 1992), was followed by Tierra Sin Mal two years later and Anthologie in 2001. The son of an orchestra leader and guitarist, Barboza began playing the diatonic accordion at the age of seven. Performing with his father's band, Irupe, throughout his teens, he made his recording debut with the group in 1950. Forming his own band at the age of 15, Barboza spent a decade establishing himself throughout his homeland. He released his self-titled debut album in 1964. Performing in Paris for the first time in 1987 at the recommendation of late tango master Astor Piazzolla, Barboza fell in love with the French capital. Moving to Paris with his wife, Olga, shortly afterwards, he became involved with the city's tango/jazz accordion scene that included such stellar players as Richard Galliano, Marcel Azzola, Daniel Colon, and Marc Perrone. Barboza continues to perform with his quartet — featuring Javier Samudio (harp), Alfonso Pacin (guitar, violin, charanga), and Daniel Duchowney (percussion) — and in a duo that shares with flamenco guitarist Pedro Soler.

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