La calle abajo video from Los Hermanos Cubero

cuberoSpain’s Cubero Brothers (Los Hermanos Cubero) have released a music video for their song, La calle abajo (Down The Street), from their recent 7” vinyl EP on Carajillo Records. The record was a limited edition pressing, which has since sold through not to be reissued, though the video lives on.

The brothers are known for their unique approach to Spanish folk music, writing and singing in a traditional style, but employing bluegrass rhythm guitar and Bill Monroe-style mandolin for accompaniment.

The vibrancy of the settings and the quick cuts makes a nice counterpoint to the Cuberos deadpan delivery.


Mandolinist Roberto explained a bit about the song and the video for our non-Spanish speaking readers.

roberto“We wrote the song based on a kind of traditional rhythm dance called ‘seguidilla corrida.’

In Spain, since ancient times in rural areas, the bachelors of the town used to play spicy songs at the doors of the girls’ houses. This song is kind of joking about that, and the singer tells the other guys not to come to the door of his girlfriend or there will be trouble!!!

The video was shot last summer at about thirty locations in Barcelona. It was so funny to shoot this in a big, cosmopolitan city, since people are not familiar with that kind of rural music.”

You can hear the rest of the tracks from their EP online, along with their full-length album, Cordaineros de la Alcarria.

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