Arre Caballito


Infopesa present a reissue of Manzanita Y Su Conjunto's Arre Caballito, originally released in 1970. Bernardo Hernández, born in the district of Laredo (province of Trujillo), had a predominant role in shaping the origins of Peruvian Cumbia. Under his artistic name, Manzanita, he showcased his prodigious talent as a guitar player through years of live performance. Manzanita discovered his passion for the guitar at an early age, joining his older brother in various performances of Criollo music. In 1962, he was part of the group called Los Pacharacos (later Los Pachas), where he stood out thanks to his guitar skills and a sublime fusion of tropical rhythms and Huayno. His compositions and performances, imbued with full-blooded inventiveness, were seen by hundreds across the region. Manzanita, along with Enrique Delgado (from Los Destellos), must be credited as leading figures and founders of Peruvian Cumbia -- a genre that differs from other variants of Cumbia due to the inclusion of the electric guitar. In, 1968, Bernardo Hernández formed his own group. He met musical producer Alberto Maraví who, upon witnessing his talents, decided to collaborate with him in the release of his first 45RPM; this recording included the songs "Arre Caballito" and "La Parada". But all these plans needed something else to propel the artist toward superstardom: a no-nonsense commercial name. One day, Alberto Maraví asked him if he had any nicknames as a kid and he responded: "Manzanita". Maraví said, "BINGO!" And the rest is history. That same year, the track "Arre Caballito" became an instant hit in Peru. Its record-breaking sales and commercial success led to the recording of Manzanita's first LP, which was released in 1970 and also titled Arre Caballito. This LP was yet another triumph for the guitarist who was only 27 years old at the time. It became the key that opened the door to the bright beginnings of the Peruvian Cumbia. This legendary vinyl returns, renewing and confirming Manzanita's title as "The Greatest Peruvian Guitarist", reacquainting fans with his mesmeric music and paying homage to his legacy. Remastered at Infopesa's studio by Aldo Montalvo under the direction of Juan Ricardo and Alberto Maraví, who produced and oversaw the original mastering of the record in 1970. Reinterpreted artwork using the original cover by Peruvian collage master, Yerko Zlatar. Includes Spanish/English liner notes.