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Mercedes Sosa
LF Content Team | Updated on 13 March 2023
Learning Spanish with Mercedes Sosa's music is a great way to learn! It is fun, engaging, and includes a cultural aspect that is often missing from other language learning methods. So music and song lyrics are a great way to supplement your learning and stay motivated to keep learning Spanish!
Below are 1 song recommendations by Mercedes Sosa to get you started learning Spanish! We have full lyric translations and lessons for each of the songs recommended below, so check out all of our resources. We hope you enjoy learning Spanish with Mercedes Sosa!
Haydée Mercedes Sosa (9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), sometimes known as La Negra (lit. 'The Black One', an affectionate nickname for people with a darker complexion in Argentina), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and other countries. With her roots in Argentine folk music, Sosa became one of the preeminent exponents of El nuevo cancionero. She gave voice to songs written by many Latin American songwriters. Her music made people hail her as the "voice of the voiceless ones". Her career spanned four decades and she was the recipient of six Latin Grammy awards (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011), including a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and two posthumous Latin Grammy Awards for Best Folk Album in 2009 and 2011.
1 Alfonsina y El Mar (Alfonsina and The Sea)
Alfonsina y El Mar (Alfonsina and The Sea)
Por la blanda arena que lame el mar
Su pequeña huella
No vuelve más
Un sendero sólo de pena y silencio llegó
By the soft sand that the sea licks
Your little footprint
Doesn't come back anymore
A path of only pain and silence arrived
"Alfonsina y El Mar" is a song that speaks about the death of the Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. The lyrics describe her walking towards the sea and taking her own life, overwhelmed by her struggles and sorrows, including her diagnosis of breast cancer. The song portrays the sea as a place of peace and comfort where she will find solace for her pain. The last part of the song talks about her departure and how she becomes one with the sea, represented by the image of her being dressed in seafoam. Overall, the song reflects on the themes of solitude, pain, and transcendence through death.
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