To my delight, they showed many area musicians, emphasizing that music is an important part of the Cuban culture. As I passed various groups, the national folk song was crooned and belted with huge smiles and great enthusiasm, eyes sparkling as if to let the listener in on a cultural secret. What exactly is the secret behind the most popular Cuban song? Love is grand, but why this song? Patriotism is widely popular, but why this song? Complicated songs do not usually endure in the mainstream.
History of a Folk Song for 'The People'
Just back from cuba,can any one out there help the song we heard daily guantanmamera? Would love to know as its still ringing in my ears,hubbie wouldnt buy cd so wondering if i could download it any advise??? I think he had her once, but she dumped him. Personally, I am very tired of it, since I've just heard it too much in Cuba , but here are the lyrics anyway:. You hear this song all over cuba nobody knows what it means, except cubans but all the cuban locals tell me there are better songs!! Off course they do. I know how sick I am of hearing it almost every day for months each year while in Cuba. Imagine hearing it almost every day for your entire life. I know exactly what it means.
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Skip to content. It first became famous via a Havana singer named Joseito Fernandez, who performed it on his radio show starting in the s. But if you don't know the rest of the words, that's okay. The new version caught on, and soon, everyone in Cuba was singing it. Hector Angulo, a Cuban music student who later became a celebrated composer, played Guantanamera for the American folk singer Pete Seeger at a festival in upstate New York. Seeger loved it. I'd love to learn it. Seeger did more than learn it.
Both of these things are necessary for any good protest song and that is exactly what it became famous for. The tune has evolved through the years and used in struggles for peace and justice across Latin America and the U. One artist named Roland Alphonso even recorded a ska version. So, what is it about this Cuban patriotic folk song which has become so universal and pervasive across the world? Originally, the lyrics to " Guantanamera " had a romantic spin and a love affair gone awry.