Peteco Carabajal is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, his main instruments being guitar and violin. He is a pioneer of the new folklore tradition. He has written some of the most often interpreted and well-loved songs of the Argentinean songbook. Many of them have been recorded in many different countries. Songs such as "Como pájaros en el aire", "Perfume de carnaval", "La estrella azul", "Digo la mazamorra", "Puente Carretero", "Mi abuela bailó la zamba", just to name a few.
Peteco was born and raised in La Banda, Santiago del Estero, a province in Northern- Argentina where music is a part of everyday life; particularly on Sundays, when it is a tradition to gather to play and dance. This tradition started with Peteco’s father Carlos, and uncle Agustín.
His professional debut was with the band Santiago Trío, along with his cousin Roberto Carabajal, and Shalo Leguizamón. With them, Peteco records his first album. In 1975 he joined the legendary musical family group Los Carabajal.
In the 80’s he formed M.P.A. (Músicos Populares Argentinos) alongside some of the most well-known and respected musicians in Argentinean folklore: Chango Farías Gómez, Mono Izarrualde, Verónica Condomí and Jacinto Piedra. With Piedra he later formed the project Santiagueños, which included the renowned folk dancer and choreographer Juan Saavedra. This band became the symbol of a new era in Folklore music in Argentina. Mercedes Sosa recorded many of Peteco’s songs, and invited him to join her on a three year tour that included Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States.
In 1991, he released Encuentro his first solo album. Afterword he recorded twelve solo albums, and through the years he has received many prestigious awards.
Gran Premio SADAIC in 1989, Consagración Cosquín in 1990 with Santiagueños, Premio ACE in 1992 and 1994, Konex de Platino in 1995.
Premio Gardel a la Música in 2004 for his album El baile, and Premio Atahualpa al Folklore. In 2011 the City Legislature declared him Distinguished Personality of the Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, and also received an Honorable Mention in The Senate of Argentina.
In 2012 his album El Viajero was awarded the Premio Gardel a la Música; (Premios Gardel is the Latin-American equivalent of the Grammy Awards).
In 2014 he received an honorable mention, Hombres y Mujeres de Nuestra Tierra by Argentina’s Congress. The Congress also awarded him for his contribution to Argentinian music with the Premio Democracia, by the Centro Cultural Caras y Caretas.
Recently, Peteco has started to dabble in painting, and he is also writing a book about his family and his roots. In 2013 he recorded an album of tango music entitled Peteco de Buenos Aires. He has also produced the film Chacarera, which reflects the culture of Santiago del Estero.
In 2015 he released Los caminos santiagueños, an album of his new compositions, recorded live at one of the most important theaters in Argentina, Teatro Opera, in celebration of his forty years in the music business.
Currently he is performing with his new project Riendas Libres (Free Reigns), accompanied by his son Homero Carabajal and his step-daughter Martina Ulrich, also renowned musicians, with their own successful careers.