I received the email below yesterday from my wife’s Tía Isabel. The email gives some background on one of my earlier posts in which I shared a recording of Niki’s abuela singing on an old recording, and some pictures of her and Niki’s abuelo in Cuba. Yuya and Maria Elena are abuela’s sisters. At the end of the post I include a few more recordings. The second recording has Guillermo singing.
Oh and to all you music majors out there…she was playing her own clave while she was singing…can you do that?
Hi Nicole,Those recordings areindeed from the 70’s and early 80’s. Theperson accompanying her is her paternal uncle,Guillermo. He was my grandfathers youngestbrother and he was blind. The recordings weredone at various locations, our house, Yuya’s,Maria Elena’s. On some recordings, hercousin Fernando, Guillermo’s son, is onbongo’s. The clave is usually being playedby abuela. You may not remember, but youknew Guillermo and were actually presentat some of these get together’s.On his blog Josh asks if anyone knowsthe name of the song. Abuela told me it isa very old song called Dos Letras. I donot know which cassettes were given toJosh but there are some where she issinging along to LP’s, singing alone whiledoing her housework, and even one whereshe is singing over the phone on a call inradio talent show. She participated onceand afterwards they called her a few timeswhen they were short on contestants.Love,Tia & Abuelaxoxoxoxoxoxox