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Blind Troubador of Oaxaca

Artist:   Music of Mexico

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Mariachi 1956 13 0
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© 1956 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Doce Cascabeles
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3:42 ranchera
02  Small Girl Full of Pride
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2:53 he is a gypsy and cannot forget her
03  Pretty Bird Do Me a Favor
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2:43 guacamayo is a macaw bird
04  Far from My Land of Sunshine
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3:21 a song of homesickness
05  From Her Window She Bids Me Sing
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1:52 little bells are cascabeles
06  Again to Have Your Kisses
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3:06 he would like to have her heart always
07  Bright Morning Star
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3:46 come down from the firmament with slow steps
08  Who Will it it Be Who Will Love Me
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2:40 will I be able to forhet her?
09  Susanna is Pretty
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2:55 as she runs toward me
10  Green Eyes
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3:18 they left in my soul and eternal love
11  Girls in S.M. are Brown & Darling
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3:00 I'm going back to San Marcos to dance
12  Bewitching Rose
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3:37 a malagueña
13  La Llorona
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5:46 legend of the weeping woman
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The incredibly pure voice of Alonzo Cruz transformed one afternoon of casual listening to the making of this record. It was as if the sweeping romanticism of this blind singer of Oaxaca summed up in the troubadour tradition of all places - and of Latin settings in particular. Whatever hos song, folk or popular, it becomes a serenade as would be sung to "the beautiful woman behind the latticed window".

Alonzo Cruz - voice and guitar. "He is somewhat of an enigma to the Oaxacans. Señor Cruz apparently sings for pleasure rather than for profit. Once a week he comes to the portales or sidewalk cafe that borders the city square and sings his songs for his many local friends. The occasional peso he charges is less than the usual fee of the mariachi, the street musicians of Mexico and would hardly keep him in guitar strings."

Alonzo Cruz - voz y guitarra. "Alonso Cruz es una especie de enigma para los oaxaqueños; aparentemente él canta por placer más que por un beneficio económico. Una vez a la semana viene a los portales y cafés que bordean la plaza de la ciudad y canta sus canciones para sus muchos amigos. El peso ocasional que cobra es mucho menos que el valor que cobran los músicos de mariachi..."