Earworm of the day: Chile lindo by Omara Portuondo

YouTube Preview ImageI love Omara Portuondo’s CD Dos Gardenias, from which this version of Chile lindo is taken. My favorite song on it is actually Gracias a la vida, but as I was unable to find a decent-sounding version on YouTube, and Chile lindo comes a close second, here it is!

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

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3 Responses to “Earworm of the day: Chile lindo by Omara Portuondo”

  1. Rosario says:

    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:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW3IgDs-NnA

    And then this cover by Mercedes Sosa, which is probably the version I heard the most growing up:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIrGQD84F1g

    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGfNvVIwsTs
    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:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt28KeXI9Hc
    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxEq3ls-WfA

  2. LeeB. says:

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

  3. Pat says:

    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.