Jorge Morales

Mexican guitarist
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Jorge MoralesJorge Morales was born in Mexico City, where he learned to play the requinto, a small acoustic guitar, from older musicians and recordings.

One of the best known types of Mexican guitar music is associated with trios and quartets in the Mexico City area. A group might consist of a requinto, a small acoustic guitar; a guitar; and a guitarron, an acoustic bass guitar, which accompany the vocal harmonies for boleros, cumbias, rancheras, corridos, juapangos, and jarochos, rhythms and styles used to serenade, for listening, and for dancing at home, on the streets, and in local clubs.

Morales, whose favorite songs are romantic ballads, is known for his meticulous attention to detail, intricate finger work, and his lyrical voice. The lead singer and instrumentalist for Las Guitarras de Mexico, Morales also runs his auto repair business.

Las Guitarras de Mexico first came together in 1985. The 3-member group, whose musical tradition is rooted in the Mexico City area, plays regularly in Des Moines and around the state. Today, Las Guitarras plays for a variety of community gatherings and festivals around the Midwest. Las Guitarras de Mexico represented Iowa in the Global Sounds, Heartland Beats Midwest tour in 2000/2001 and at the 2001 Festival of Iowa Folklife.

Contact information: Jorge Morales, 515.457.3008,