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Final week, the Library of Congress in Washington announced its annual additions to the National Recording Registry, which honors significant pieces of American history and culture. (Here’s the list.)
We’d like to appear at one particular: the original 1930 recording of “Lamento Borincano,” by Canario y Su Grupo.
Recognized as an unofficial anthem of Puerto Rico, “Lamento Borincano” was composed by Rafael Hernández, one particular of the island’s most renowned and prolific songwriters (despite the fact that he wrote it even though living in New York City).
The title refers to Borinquen, a derivation of Puerto Rico’s indigenous name.
The song reflects the plight of Puerto Rican farmers during the Excellent Depression. They faced not only the threat of hurricanes but also the economic alterations brought right after 1917, when Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship, top to a wave of emigration.
The lyrics inform of a farmer who is “loco de contento” (crazy with happiness) at the prospect of promoting his produce in town. But he arrives to uncover the town empty. With no a single to buy anything, he returns to his farm demoralized. The song ends:
Borinquen, the land of Eden
The one particular that when singing, the great Gautier
He referred to as the pearl of the seas.
Now that you die
With your regrets
Let me sing to you as well.
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Published at Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:52:43 +0000