The Latin rock group Jarabe de Palo (strictly translated as "wood syrup" in English) was formed in Barcelona in the early '90s by vocalist and guitarist Pau Donés with guitarist Jordi Mena, drummer Alex Tenas, percussionist Dani Forcada, and bassist Joan Gené. Donés, an early fan of the Beatles and Bob Marley, formed his first band with his brother, but found another lineup for the newly named Jarabe de Palo. The group's 1997 album, La Flaca, did well on the charts in the group's native land. De Vuelta y Vuelta was issued four years later and placed inside the Top 50 at Top Latin Albums. As Spain's appetite for various forms of Latin, African, and Anglo music increased, Jarabe de Palo accommodated them by creating original music where rock, funk, jazz, and blues were fused with flamenco, Afro-Caribbean, Cuban, and Brazilian styles.
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