Although Andrés Peñate Mendoza was born in La Palma, another of the Canary Islands, he has lived in Lanzarote most of his life. He is a self-taught musician who sings and plays guitar and timple, a typical Canarian string instrument, similar but not to be confused with the ukele! His style can be described as that of an acoustic balladeer that fuses Canarian and South American rhythms.
This is Andrés’ playlist for the Lanzarote Musicians Unite 2020 charity concert in aid of Emerlan, the volunteer emergency organisation of our lovely little island:
1. “A mi manera” (My Way)… a bilingual version of the old time favourite made popular by Frank Sinatra.
2. “Carnavalito” (El Humahuaqueño) by Edmundo Porteño Zalvivar – starting at minute 3 and 59 seconds.
3. “Pobrecillo novio, pobre Rafael” by Andrés Macias – starting at minute 7 and 2 seconds.
4. “Guardafía, Rey de los conejeros”, lyrics by Emilio Fernández Batista and music by Andrés Peñate Mendoza – starting at minute 9 and 57 seconds.
You can watch the video of his performance here: https://www.facebook.com/andrespenatemendoza/videos/3373002016060930/.
I have also recently interviewed Andrés for Lanzarote Information. You can find out some more about him and his music – even an Irish connection of his – by reading the full interview here.
For other Lanzarote Musicians Unite 2020 artists’ playlists, click here.
Andrés has kept very busy during Lockdown by putting music to poems of local poets. One example of this remarkable talent is the last song he performed for the charity concert, “Guardafía, Rey de los conejeros” by Emilio Fernández Batista.
Also, Andrés does that on an ongoing basis so he is beginning to compile quite an impressive repertoire by now: to date he’s done well over 60… and counting! He posts a video with the music version of the poems on his social media too, so you can check them out by visiting any of his accounts on: Facebook , Instagram as andrespenatemendoza or YouTube. Have a browse and give and old like or share if you find one that your particularly enjoy!