Gatibu is a Basque rock band from Gernika-Lumo, Biscay, northern Spain. Its name Gatibu means 'captive' in Basque. The group was formed around Alex Sardui, former lead vocalist of Exkixu, in summer 2002.
Gatibu is a Basque language band singing largely in the Biscayan dialect, unlike most of the other Basque bands singing in that language. This defense of Biscayan Basque has earned them numerous awards and praise from both institutions and cultural associations.
Their first album was released in 2002 under the title Zoramena ('madness'). The album was recorded with the label Oihuka in the studio of Iñaki 'Uoho' Antón (Extremoduro and Platero y Tú) located in Muxika (Biscay). Their first album was a great success thanks to tracks like Musturrek sartunde (Putting the hills), earning them public acclaim across the Basque Country and landing the Egaztea award for the best song of 2003. The album featured a collaboration with Fito Cabrales (from Platero y Tú and Fito & Fitipaldis) and Roberto Iniesta (singer of Extremoduro), exceptionally singing songs in Basque.
In 2005, their second studio album was released, Disko Infernu ("Infernal Disco"), featuring songs like Inpernuaren ate joka (knocking on hell's door) or Gogoratzen zaitut (I remember you).
The band tours around local and other topic specific festivals of the Basque Country, especially during summer, which have made them well known all around the area.
Awards and nominations:
Winner. Egaztea 2003. Best Song, "Musturrek Sartunde".,
Nomination. Egaztea 2006. Best Live, "Disko Infernu Tour".,
Winner. 2006. Bertsolaris Association of Getxo (Biscay).,
Winner. Egaztea 2009. Best song, "Bang-Bang Txik-Txiki Bang Bang".,
Winner. Egaztea 2009. Best album, "Laino Guztien Gainetik, Sasi Guztien Azpitik".
Alex Sardui - Voice,
Haimar Arejita - Electric and Acoustic Guitar,
Mikel Caballero - Bass,
Gaizka Salazar - Drum,
Other members of the Lives:
Iñigo San Anton - Rhythm guitar (2002 - 2009, continuously).,
Luis Camino - Txalaparta, Goblet drum, Udu, Congas (2005, presentation "Disko Infernu Tour").,
José Alberto Batiz - Rhythm guitar, Slide guitar (2005 - 2006, continuously).,
Jon Calvo - Rhythm guitar (2009 - Current, continuously).,
Iñigo Ibarretxe - Alboka (2002 - Present, sporadically).,
Cristian Daniel de Resita - Voice (2005 - Present, sporadically).
Text from this biography licensed under creative commons license