bye bye Chavela Vargas

Isabel Vargas Lizano (April 17, 1919 – August 5, 2012), better known as Chavela Vargas, was a Costa Rican-born Mexican singer. She was especially known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras, but she is also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. She has been an influential interpreter in the Americas and Europe, muse to figures such as Pedro Almodóvar, hailed for her haunting performances, and called “la voz áspera de la ternura”, the rough voice of tenderness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gQ31m4Yt0s Video de la Llorona extraído de la película FRIDA, donde Chavela hace una participación como “La Muerte”.

Chavela Vargas, leggenda della musica latina, è morta il 5 agosto all’età di 93 anni. Nata in Costa Rica, si è trasferita in Messico da giovane specializzandosi nel ranchero, musica popolare messicana che prima dei suoi esordi era quasi esclusivamente maschile. “Ha preso quel genere e l’ha reso suo, elevandolo ad un livello mai visto grazie alla combinazione tra la chitarra e la sua capacità interpretativa”, spiega l’attivista Carlos Gutierrez. Chavela non ha mai nascosto la propria omosessualità e e ha avuto una relazione con la pittrice Frida Kahlo. Il regista spagnolo Pedro Almodovar l’ha definita “la rude voce della tenerezza”, usando più i volte i suoi brani nei propri film.

Isabel Vargas Lizano was born in San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica, on April 17, 1919. She went by Chavela, which is a pet name for Isabel. At 14,she abandoned her native country due to lack of musical career opportunities, seeking refuge in Mexico, where an entertainment industry was burgeoning. For many years she sang on the streets but in her thirties she became a professional singer. In her youth, she dressed as a man, smoked cigars, drank heavily, carried a gun and was known for her characteristic red jorongo, which she still dons in performances. She sang in the streets as a teenager until she ventured into a professional career in the 1930s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibo90Ai2H68
“Piensa en mí” Chavela Vargas
Chavela Vargas kiss Pedro Almodóvar

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