November 07, 2006 13:49 ET

Criollo Launches its Debut Album

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2006) - The up-and-coming Montreal-based band Criollo releases its debut album "BaHire" today. Under the One Island Music Inc. label, this 19-track compilation is already available on iTunes and is now in stores all across Canada.

Criollo, meaning "of, or pertaining to, a Spanish American country", is formed of 4 musicians who all share roots of the Dominican Republic. Since 2002, Salvador "Sol" Valdez, Alexis "El Gordo" Grullon, Jose "Chiro" Mata and Gilbert "Giby" Capellan are members of Criollo. The uniqueness of their music derives from a rich synthesis of Bachata, Hip Hop and Reggaeton sounds. Inspired by their personal experiences and delivered in their mother tongue of Spanish, the album "BaHiRe" offers us songs that bear elements of the tropics that address social subject matters and convey messages of determination, courage and hope.

Pioneers of the Montreal cultural and music scene, Criollo has taken part in many festivals in 2006, namely the Rhythms of the World Festival and the International Merengue Festival of Montreal. Among the numerous highlights of Criollo's career is sharing the same stage with renowned artists such as IAM, Fat Joe, Elvis Crespo and Tego Calderon.

The official party celebrating the album release will take place at Club Soda on November 24.

Visit and to listen to excerpts of the new "BaHiRe" album that is now available in all major record stores and online digital stores.

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