May 20, 2024

Diamanda Galás covers Mexican folk song, ‘La Llorona’ – Out now


Diamanda Galás covers Mexican folk song, 'La Llorona'

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Diamanda Galás has shared “La Llorona”, the latest recording from her forthcoming live release, “Diamanda Galás in Concert“. The album, which features select recordings taken from performances at Thalia Hall in Chicago, and Neptune Theatre in Seattle from 2017, is set for release on 14 June 2024 via Intravenal Sound Operations.

“La Llorona” is a traditional Mexican folk song with deep roots in Mexican culture and folklore. The song’s title, “La Llorona,” translates to “The Weeping Woman,” and it tells a haunting and emotional story inspired by a popular legend.

About the legend

The legend of La Llorona is a widely known tale in Latin American culture, particularly in Mexico. The story varies, but it generally revolves around a woman named Maria who, after discovering her husband’s infidelity, drowns her children in a fit of rage and despair. Realizing what she has done, she is overcome with guilt and sorrow, leading to her own death by drowning. After her death, she becomes a ghost condemned to wander near bodies of water, weeping and searching for her children. The legend itself serves as a cautionary tale, warning children to stay away from dangerous waters.

“La Llorona” has been covered by numerous artists, each bringing their own interpretation to the song. Famous versions have been performed by artists such as Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, and Natalia Lafourcade. It has also been featured in various films, television shows, and cultural events.

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