Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SFJAZZ 5 Spot: Five Things to Know About Chavela Vargas

Now that you've learned about the singer paying tribute to Chavela Vargas, let's highlight five interesting facts about the Legendary Ranchera singer herself:

1.) Chavela Vargas was the first woman to perform the hyper-masculine, ranchera song style famously refusing to change the pronouns in the love songs about women

2.) Famous muse of filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. "I don't think there is a stage big enough in this world for Chavela," wrote the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who featured her music in many of his films. Huffington Post; she was also a friend of painters Frieda Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, and of writer Federico Garcia Lorca

3.) Came out publicly at 81 years old in her autobiography “If You Want to Know About My Past”

4.) Recorded 80 albums

5.) Received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

For more information, visit: Tania Libertad at SFJAZZ

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