Omar Mollo

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Omar Mollo’s path has been marked by chance and pure coincidence. Or maybe not. When he was five years old, he lived in Pergamino, a country town in the northern area of Buenos Aires. In the Pampas, he got steeped into Argentinian folk music and he followed all the steps suggested on the gaucho menu: he started singing. Then, he learned how to play the guitar. He also learned how to “tap-dance” malambo and he kept going on this road, until he formed his own folk music group: Los romanceros de Achalay.

Years later, his family moved to a suburb in the west area of Gran Buenos Aires (the provincial area adjacent to the city of Buenos Aires). In this new location, Mollo was deeply influenced by other kind of artists, but not from the local scene: Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, the bands Focus and Procol Harum, and also the emerging national rock music. Mollo was a teenager and he needed to channel all that energy that was looking desperately for a new means of expression. It was at that point that Mollo met the electric guitar, an instrument that allowed him to develop his irascible pulse. His particular sound left a significant mark in the passionate and faithful audience that followed him everywhere. The audience was moved by Mollo’s eloquence and intense devotion to each show, and these two features are still his hallmark. Time went by. Mollo was not a teenager anymore. He was a young and excellent guitar player, and the leader of a legendary rock band in the west suburban area: MAM (a coined acronym standing for the Spanish words Mente (mind), Alma (soul) and Materia (matter)). The name of his band revealed as well his deep existential inquisitiveness.

One day, however, as if he were following the strange fortune of a fanciful plan, Mollo bumped into tango (a genre he had been listening to since he was a boy in the family house in his natal Pergamino) and once they were face to face, the tango music talked to him directly, and he heard it say: “Hey, you are old enough now to start telling those things that actually happen to us”. And right there a new Mollo was born, a Mollo brushed by time, with polished emotions that were now ready to be told and sung on new stages.

His pace was slow but determined. His first album was Omar Mollo Tango, and it was released in 2003. It was a pretty good start: the disc was nominated to the Carlos Gardel Awards and to the Grammy Latino. Also, in 2005, it earned him the renowned Konex Award: he was recognized as one of the best five tango singers in the decade.

Later on, he released new albums: Gola, in 2006, and Y que siga, in 2008. Both were nominated to the Carlos Gardel Awards.

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