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Yamil Jacobo & Trio from Argentina will be performing at the Durban International Blues Festival 2019

Yamil Jacobo was born in 1967 in Villaguay, Entre Ríos, Argentina.

At the age of seven, he started his academic training by attending piano lessons which some time afterwards he set aside so as to devote to the guitar instead. He was seduced by the bluesrock genre which eventually led him into forming various bands as a teenager. Later on, on a more professional basis, he formed the following music groups:

Sopanegra:  A trio formed by Yamil in 2004 including Rubén Gatti, at the battery, and Juan Mire on the bass. This group participated at Cosquín Rock in 2009 and from  that moment onwards, Sopanegra began to build  a reputation, playing at different cities throughout Argentina – even sharing the stage with musicians such as Deacon Jones, an organ player with a strong track record including Santana, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, among others ; Ricardo Tapia from La Mississippi ; Luis Robinson from Pappo Blues.

The group signed a contract with Universal Records and  Sopanegra left as part of its legacy WU WEI BLUES, a record that was produced on an independent basis.

El Malpaso:  Evolving  in mid-2016, it was integrated by Maximiliano Cervetti on keyboards, Joa Muriel, bass, Luis Meinberg, battery, and Yamil Jacobo, guitar and voice.  Although its musical origins may be traced back to different roots, the common denominator linking its various stages can be found in Afro-American music which became known by 1800 as Blues.

Curandero – El Malpaso at Faber, in Rafaela.

Yamil Jacobo & Trio shares a similar approach as that of its predecessor while gaining on versatility as invited musicians are incorporated as well as different instruments elaborated by Yamil through his brand Luthería Sustentable. Some of these sustainable creations include the 4 string Cigar Box, extensively used in Blues, and the 8 string chordophone built with squashes.

“The band’s projections rely on continuing on the path of which began developing some years ago –and with many accomplishments . The group believes in the artistic link forged with the famous guitar player of the Manal trio, Claudio Gabis, who resides in Madrid and has done so for some years.  Various events and cities in Argentina have hosted their joint presentations which have resulted in very enriching experiences on the human as well as the artistic terrain. Common interests continue to bring about new challenges and expectations,”says Yamil.

Additionally, and as a result of a constant search for alternatives and proposals in relation to prospective stages,the Yamil Jacobo & Trio has been invited to participate at many festivals including the  VIII FESTIVAL DE BLUES Y JAZZ INTERNACIONAL held in the City of Bucaramanga, Colombia, in June 2018.In September 2019- They will perform at the 15th Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa.

Check out Yamil’s hand crafted cigar box memorabilia