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    Posted: 21-Mar-2009 at 02:58

Celia Cruz, Cuban, was the Queen of Salsa in all over Latin America and a very beloved woman.

In this curious old song, from the begining of his career, you can see a strange thing, that is quite revealing. The song is in honor of Yemaya, the Godess of the Sea, which in Catholic santery is equivalent to the visit of the Virgin (Mary) de Regla.
So, the song start in a very Cuban style, with all the forms of the music in Spanish. However, half the song pass and then it switches to an authentic African rythm and Celia start to sing in some (unknown to me) African language. Yoruba perhaps?

Just watch it, please,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4pyJ9Df27E



Edited by pinguin - 21-Mar-2009 at 03:01
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Moved to Modern Culture (tavern).Smile

Good video. Here's another one from her the classic - Guantanamera
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote King John Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Mar-2009 at 16:33
I remember when she died, there was a massive procession in NYC in her honor.  Her music was played constantly on the radio (and not just on the Spanish speaking stations).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pinguin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Mar-2009 at 16:44
Well, I put the post of Celia under "The history of the Americas" because behind this particular song it is the cult of Yemaya, and the Yeruba influence in the Hispanic Caribbean, Uruguay and Brazil. I wasn't thinking in opening a thread on dancing music... Confused
 
Celia Cruz was a lovely woman, that was beloved by Latin Americans, mainly because his personality. She was denied the return to Cuba by Castro and lived in the exile most of her life. Before she died of cancer, she give us a magnificent song called "Life is a Carnival", that speaks about optimism. And she was close to die when she gave us that message of optimism.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote King Kang of Mu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Mar-2009 at 22:26
wow awesome thread and what a legend.  I actually never heard of her although i do know that song 'Che Che Cole'.  My 4th grade teacher back in Korea taught us several songs from different parts of the world and I think that  was one of em, of course we had no idea what we were singing about and i doubt that even my teacher did. Anyway thanks Pinguin and Seko, for the links.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote whalebreath Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Mar-2009 at 03:48
Her early music is outstanding by as years went by her talent waned and some of her later efforts are an embarrassment.

Lots of politics involved with her (never to be realised) return to Cuba, she was poorly educated and many believe it was people around her who manipulated her into thinking she'd be jailed if she returned, total nonsense but she believed it and lived in fear until her death, quite sad.

Smatterings of African languages in songs are common throughout the Caribbean.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pinguin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Mar-2009 at 00:30
Smattering Amerindian languages is common in South America as well. And in Spain, you can hear sometimes Galician and other regional languages mixed.
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