Latest update on 14/02/2012

Artist: Unidentified singer
Author: traditional
Label: Columbia
Year: 1950

Recorded in Seville by Radio Nacional, Madrid during Semana Santa while the statue of the sorrowful Virgin is carried through the streets at the head of the procession. At designated stopping points (pasos), bystanders like this one start singing saetas spontaneously, thereby lamenting the death of Christ and the pain of the mother. Reissued in the Spanish Collection of the Alan Lomax series on Rounder.



Miles Davis [on Sketches Of Spain album, arranged by Gil Evans; go-between was Columbia producer George Avakian who handled Gil Evans a set of Alan Lomax's Spanish fieldtrip recordings; both Miles and Gil were struck by the wild beauty of pieces such as this one and pan piper's tune Alborada De Vigo (see there)]


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