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Earworm of the day: Chile lindo by Omara Portuondo

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I understand very little Spanish, so I don’t understand the text. But I love the music, the voice and the rendering of the song.

What songs in the Spanish language do you like especially?

– Rike Horstmann[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


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01/14/2013 12:42 pm

Rike, like you, I don’t understand or speak Spanish, even after having taken a few semesters of it. But I love to listen to songs sung in Spanish. My all-time favorite group is Los Lobos, and I agree that Omara Portuondo, who I first heard sing in the Wim Winders documentary The Buena Vista Social Club, is wonderful.

01/13/2013 12:26 am

Hmm, the only one I can think of off the top of my head is Feliz Navidad. But I’m sure there are others! :)

01/12/2013 5:19 am

Oh, that’s nice. It’s a paean to the country of Chile. It starts “Please help me, my friend, to shout out a “Viva Chile”! :)

Gracias a la Vida is a beautiful song as well. How about these two versions? First the original, Violeta Parra version:

And then this cover by Mercedes Sosa, which is probably the version I heard the most growing up:

I especially like a Spanish singer from the 70s, Nino Bravo. He’s got a song called Libre (Free), which just hits me in the gut.
Every time I hear it I tear up, because it makes me miss my dad. Back when I still lived in Uruguay, he and I used to sit and listen to his Nino Bravo record together. In fact, I think I’ll ring him now :) Anyway, I also like several others of Nino Bravo’s, like Un Beso y Una Flor and America.

More modern stuff, completely different: I love Clara, by a band called No Te Va Gustar, especially the second half of the song where they incorporate some “murga”, which is a traditional Uruguayan choral genre. The official version is here:
but my favourite is a live version, where they bring in a singer from another band, and they do a sort of medley of Clara and another song, Cosa Linda, which is also great.