Hailing from Bridgeport Connecticut. Cosmic Jibaros are legendary for their high energy shows. Their music is a mixture of Rock, Puerto Rican roots, Caribbean rhythms and global influences formulating a sound that is both cross-cultural, highly danceable ,and hypnotically magnetic. Primarily sung in Spanish by Reyes, the songs are laced with social and political overtones, and energized by the pulse of congas, timbales, and effects-laden guitar work.
The Cosmic Jibaros name reflects the blending flavors of the Music they make. In Puerto Rico, los jibaros would be something akin to the American ‘hillbillies’ or ‘mountain men’- historically known for a more simple and honest connection to the earth and the hard work of living, and with musical tradition to reflect that. The ‘cosmic’ part warns of a modern twist on the old traditions. Taking cues from a cross section of the world music and creating an original, Latin progressive sound.
As their bandleader Rick Reyes points out, “latinos today cross all cultural boundaries. They carry with them the history and the culture of where their parents came from but at the same time have an open mind to what is happening now,” he says. “You can’t be a part of this world without being influenced by it as you go. Our music is very much a product of the evolution of Latinos in the United States”. The Cosmic Jibaros reflect that and their first album, Yo Soy Del Mundo (I Am Of The World) tells that story.