AQ’s Summer Playlist: Shagrada Medra’s Independent Rhythms

By Sebastián Zubieta

In a rural corner of Argentina, this music label has spent decades cultivating a unique sound.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on supply chains Carlos “Negro” Aguirre, composer, performer and originator of musical projects, has been a fabled figure in the world of Argentine popular and folk music for decades. From his home studio in Paraná, in the province of Entre Ríos, about 300 miles up the Paraná River from Buenos Aires, he presides gently over an artist-oriented record label that he started with Ramiro Gallo and Luis Barbiero over 30 years ago. The label’s name, Shagrada Medra, comes from the title of a song Aguirre was playing in a dream Gallo...

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