Saturday, February 24

«With singing in Extremadura, I would be happy»

I would like to be able to live from music one day; with singing in Extremadura, I would be happy», who affirms it with a remarkable feeling when expressing himself is José Cobos, son of emigrants from Torrejón el Rubio (Cáceres), who left his hometown when he was one year old. Cobos, administrative in a company in Madrid, where his parents settled 49 years ago, has published his fourth album.

A passion, music, which he combines with his profession. “If he could get to sing at the parties of all the towns, it would be a challenge achieved,” he says on the other phone when this newspaper asks him about his aspirations in the song. Merits is doing, he has sent the CD to artistic promoters, media and municipalities.

With some he has already closed performances. On April 25, he presents ‘Yo nací en Extremadura’ in the Cáceres town of Talayuela. This is the name of this recent record work made up of 15 songs, four versions and eleven own compositions, including the one that gives the album its title, as a tribute to his land:

“How lucky to be able to sing to you

land of conquerors

prettier than any

and tell the whole world

I was born in Extremadura»

«The day I die

I wish I was there

surrounded by my people

and take my flag

in my chest forever”

They are two of the verses of the song that the artist dedicates to Extremadura, a Sevillian created in confinement that has more than 135,000 reproductions on digital platforms. “It is having a very good acceptance in social networks,” says Cobos, who also sings to the pilgrimage of his town and to the Virgen del Monfragüe. “Another issue is about the customs and traditions of Torrejón el Rubio,” he expands.

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Pasodobles, rumbas, sevillanas and some slow songs make up the repertoire of ‘Yo nací en Extremadura’. “Those days of the pandemic that we were stuck at home, many thoughts came to me, I couldn’t sleep, I took a pencil and paper and started writing at dawn,” confesses the man from Cáceres, who has been singing for years to migrant families like his, to whom he They had no choice but to leave their villages in search of a more prosperous future in the capital.

The artist is strongly rooted in Torrejón el Rubio, where he maintains the family home. “If I could live there… what I miss the most is the way of life, in the town everyone greets everyone and if you need something, they give you a hand,” he illustrates.


Closely linked to bullfighting, the National Association of Mayorales, based in Coria and sponsor of his album, has opened the doors of this world for him, facilitating performances for well-known figures from the ring such as El Soro, Jesulín de Ubrique or Emilio de Cáceres. Just.

The singer is also promoting the album in the Casas de Extremadura spread throughout the Spanish geography. «I don’t know how many I have sent it to these days, because there are many; I recently had a show in Getafe».

The album also includes a song dedicated to Asturias, where he has been a regular in the summer for years. “Although it is not a land of pasodobles, I have recorded one because Asturias is almost like my second homeland and I was very excited,” he acknowledges.

On the other hand, he wanted to make room for the Spanish Association of
Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (SWH). A nephew of his suffers from this rare disease and he has shown solidarity with the cause by disseminating the objectives of this organization founded by families of affected children that promotes research and knowledge of SWH.

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