Sunday, May 20, 2012

El Son de la Negra



"El Son de la Negra" ("The Sound/Tune of the Black Woman") is a popular mariachi song written and originally interpreted by the Jaliscian musical composer Blas Galindo in 1940. It is commonly referred to as the "second national anthem of Mexico." The master piece was presented for the first time in the city of New York, but Jesús Jáuregui, a Mexican ethnologist, claims that along its history the song has suffered modifications and arrangements that can hardly be attributed to a single author or epoque. Likewise, the song has become representative of Mexican folk or relative to Mexico worldwide.

Negrita de mis pesares,
ojos de papel volando.
Negrita de mis pesares,
ojos de papel volando.
A todos diles que sí
pero no les digas cuándo.
Así me dijiste a mí;
por eso vivo penando.

¿Cuándo me traes a mi negra?
Que la quiero ver aquí
con su rebozo de seda
que le traje de Tepic.

¿Cuándo me traes a mi negra?
Que la quiero ver aquí
con su rebozo de seda
que le traje de Tepic.

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