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Urbano A. Zafra
ACTIVE:1929 - 1929

An early post this week - I will be busy through the 10th.

This track, a steel guitar solo by Mr. Zafra accompanied by Mauro Baradi on a standard acoustic guitar, puts me in the strange position of not exactly knowing how to react when listening to it. It sounds awkward enough to be the first time the musicians have played the number…or, that could be my own cultural ignorance and the piece is meant to slowly lumber along. Probably the latter, as the flip side is a more standard, uptempo folk melody. Either way, I’ve always liked this, and have never found anything quite like it. Being from the Philippines, you can definitely hear the influence of 300 years of Spanish colonial rule.

This was released on Columbia’s “X” (for “export”) series, and recorded in November of 1929, in New York City.

Technical Notes
Label: Columbia
Issue Number: 3910-X
Matrix Number: 111286



Urbano A. Zafra - "Danza Filipina" (03:21)
Urbano A. Zafra - "Danza Filipina" (03:21)


Eugeniuz on 07/27/09 at 02:50PM
Urbano Zafra is my paternal grandfather. When the Philippines was still a commonwealth of the USA, he represented the Philippine government in Washington. An economist, Dr. Zafra negotiated various trade and economis treaties, foremost sugar trade. In his capacity as Commercial Attache based in Washington, Dr. Zafra also contributed in drafting the charter of the United Nations.

Eugene Zafra
Houston, TX
Eugeniuz on 07/27/09 at 03:00PM
What does the flip side feature?
jw on 07/31/09 at 02:39AM
The flip side is titled "Mazurka Filipina."

Mr. Zafra recorded 1 other record, as far as my documentation shows, and it was also instrumental. The titles were "Philippine Serenade" and "Philippine Bolero."

Thanks very much for checking in!
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