guantanamera (satb)

Catalog ID: S-112
Translation: woman from guantanamo
First Line: guantanamera guajira
Composer: glickman, gene
Author: marti, jose
Voicing: satb
Language: spanish
Country: cuba
Other: 2000
Sound: No audio clip available


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This song by Jose Fernandez comes from Cuba.  The text was written about a century ago by Jose Marti, am important Cuban poet, known as "the Father of his Country."

The music is derived from a pre-existing Cuban song/dance form which makes the words of the refrain much older than Marti's verses.    "Guantanamara" is a woman from Guantanamo, the southeasternmost region of the island of Cuba.  "Guajira" is a peasant woman.  Thus, the refrain refers to a peasant woman from Guantanamo.

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