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Guantanamera 6th in 1963

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Composition date
1958
Language
Spanish
Adapted from
Versos sencillos written by José Martí - Lyrics
Guajira Guantanamera written by Joseíto Fernández - Music/Chorus
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It was Julián Orbón who had the idea of adapting some verses of Jose Martí’s “Versos sencillos” to the tune of “Guajira Guantanamera”, as documented by the Cuban poet Cintio Vitier in his book "Lo cubano en la poesía”: “[Era una] experiencia inolvidable oír a Orbón cantar los versos de Martí con la música de La guantanamera” (It was an unforgettable experience to hear Orbón singing Martí’s verses to the tune of La guantanamera).

This version became extremely popular in Cuba thanks to the singer-songwriter Leo Brouwer, who sang it in 1961, while Orbón’s pupil Héctor Angulo introduced ”La guantanamera” to Pete Seeger, who in turn had the idea of registering the song as written and arranged by Martí/Angulo/Seeger.
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