"Carmelina" by Los Pleneros de la 21 in Tribute to Marcial Reyes Arvelo at 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Los Pleneros de la 21 perform "Carmelina," a traditional plena
in tribute to the great plenero
Marcial Reyes Arvelo, a founding member of the group and author of the piece. Jose Rivera, in his singing, places himself firmly in the classic school of the plena
, referencing pleneros
who influenced his musical upbringing. By including this version with panderetas
(different sized circular frame drums), and a güiro
(gourd rasp) Los Pleneros de la 21 give the listener the opportunity to taste the fresh, simple, and wonderful flavors or the traditional creole plena.