He was born in Santiago in 1927, and raised among
poets and singers from the port of Valparaiso.
Fernando Gonzales Maraboli received from his parents
and grandparents a tradition strongly rooted in
his family through generations. He's a poet, a
developer and an investigator, but with no more
academy than self-experience and oral culture.
In his work he has been able to reveal the cueca's
characteristic traces and origins, which he looks
for in books, compilations and his self taught
lessons on philosophy, world history, vernacular
cultures and traditional poetry and music.
He's a man of humble background, whose main job
has been that of "matarife" (cattle
butcher), but whose personal library contains
more than six thousand books. Along with his investigation
and rescue work, those books have been the conceptual
base for Chile's most important edition about
the cueca: professor Samuel Claro Valdes' "Chilena
o cueca tradicional" (Universidad Catolica
Ed., 1994), and whose subtitle includes the acknowledgment:
"According to the lessons of don Fernando
It has also been remarkable his work with the
group Los Chileneros, which was registered in
the trio's first record (Los Chileneros,
1967), and which came as a surprise for its combination
of a traditional cueca and street-like issues;
urban stories from the areas of La Vega and Estacion
Central in Santiago, the port of Valparaiso, bars,
restaurants and brothels.
The unique and eclectic search for the cueca's
true essence is a road that Gonzalez Maraboli
still walks up to this day, making a context between
what's just musical with his wide knowledge related
to this traditional expression, some coming from
the world's most ancient cultures. Most of his
conclusions, which sometime links the cueca with
History and the cosmos' origin, are contained
in Claro Valdes' book. There, in the prologue,
one can read the theoretical principles that sometime
put the cuecas under a mathematical analysis.
A popular thinker, a visionary of traditional
knowledge, a conceptual developer of our Chilean
cueca, Gonzalez Maraboli is an unavoidable referent
to understand and reveal it as a major art.