|About the Artist
Manríquez has been one of the leading exponents of Latin American music
in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. Originally from
Santiago, Chile, Rafael brings us the gift of both his exquisite voice
and remarkable skill on Latin American string instruments, ranging from
the guitar to the charango to the cuatro and tiple. Rafael is a
passionate and well-loved composer and performer. Through his music, he
reveals the richness of Latin folk rhythms influenced by the Spanish,
Native American and African cultures. His lyrics reflect the struggles
and hopes of the people of this continent. He has performed throughout
the Americas and Europe. His music has been recorded on over ten albums.
|Rafael has performed as a solo artist and with several musical groups
throughout Chile and Ecuador. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1977,
Rafael has continued his work as a performer and a teacher. He has been
an active leader at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California - teaching classes in guitar and New Latin
American Song, directing the La Peña Community Chorus, and organizing
Latin American music festivals. From 1980 - 1984, Rafael was the
musical director and lead singer of Grupo Raíz, an internationally
acclaimed Chilean ensemble that recorded three albums and toured
extensively in the United States and abroad.
Rafael has focused on his career as a solo artist, creating several
independently produced CDs and performing throughout California. He has
served as an artist-in-residence at La Peña Cultural Center. He is also a founding member of the Andean music group
Arauco, which performs throughout Northern California. Recent
recordings include the CDs "Canto a Gabriela" music by Rafael and lyrics by Gabriela Mistral, "Amistades" (with Quique Cruz ), "La Travesía", and, in 2001, "Canto al Poeta" (songs with texts by Pablo Neruda) with David Barrows, His most recent CDs are "Que viva el canto", produced by Smithsonian Folkways, and "Aqui te traigo una Rosa", singing with Ingrid Rubis. In addition, he has published a CD for Children called "Alma de Niño".
For booking information call (510) 367 0953 or send email to Rafael.
To purchase a CD send a check for $15 U.S. plus $2 for shipping and handling, to:
2214 Mc Gee Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94203