February 1, 2006

World Music Wednesday

Pau Donés was born in the Spanish region of Aragon, but was raised in Barcelona. Along with his band Jarabe de Palo they released the Cuban-influenced La Flaca in 1997 and the title track became a huge hit that summer, selling millions of copies.

I absolutely love this song, from the beginning slow and sexy guitar notes, to the building Latin beat and the smooth Spanish lyrics (of which I understand maybe half, thanks to Señora Navarro and my high school Spanish classes). It is quite a smoldering song.

La Flaca was the informal clubbing anthem of my study abroad experience in Italy in Fall of 1999. I spent many a (swirling and hazy) night trying my best to do some sort of samba imitation on the dancefloor to this alongside my Italian amici. Top notch. As the song says, “y bailar y bailar, y tomar y tomar…” I, of course, had life-altering educational and cultural experiences while studying abroad as well, but those were more during the day.

It is really a fabulous song, bar none. I highly recommend it.

La Flaca” – Jarabe de Palo

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  • Que bien! leer aquí algo de Pau Dones, él es de Aragon como yo, y recomiendo su nuevo cd “Adelantando” y su canción “ole”
    felicidades por tu blog, es muy bueno

    Anonymous — June 14, 2007 @ 6:39 am

  • Heather I love to see Americans like you, so keen on discovering music from further afield.
    I adore Spanish music and I should send you some MP3 songs by email for you to listen to.
    Thanks for such a fab blog.

    Yurena (from Tenerife) — May 20, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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