It’s been a decade since the ranchera ran out Chavela Vargas, one of its greatest representatives. A woman devoted body and soul to her passion, she was born in Costa Rica in 1919 and became Mexican by choice; his legacy is carried on by his friends and musicians The Macorinos.
“She had a strong personality, her personal side on a daily basis was also involved in her job as a singer, she was very responsible. In nearly ten years we haven’t failed even halfway through a recitalwhich delimits that there was a contraction to study, to work, to the profession, inalienable”, says Juan Carlos Allendeof Los Macorinos, in an interview with Efe.
Maria Isabel Anita Carmen of Jesus He arrived in Mexico at the age of 17 after experiencing a sad childhood. His famous phrase “Mexicans are born where we want” remained in the memory of his followers and frames the determined personality that characterized the performer of songs like the crybaby oh Simple things.
“She had a very fine humor, a respectful humor, I was never gonna be with nonsense, it wasn’t necessarywe could have fun at a super level,” said Allende, who was close to her in the last ten years of the singer’s life, despite the fact that in the collective imagination she is remembered as a woman with a difficult character.
Addictions and Volcanic Personality
With 30 years and sponsored by the king of the ranchera, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Vargas rose to fame after facing macho audiences who called her a “machorra”. His environment was made up of people like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Eva Gardner or the poet Pablo Neruda.
Chavela used a gun, dressed like a man, drank too much and smoked tobacco. His sexual orientation shocked the world and it wasn’t until the age of 80 that she openly came out as a lesbian.
His disappearance from the scene due to his addiction to alcohol and his volcanic personality added to his unique interpretation of Mexican music they described their legend which lasts a decade of his absence.
“It’s hard to say we are dead, the legacy that Chavelita leaves, her time on this planet, was not just physical. His inspiration, his interpretation through music gave us very pleasant moments. and that is the legacy she left,” comments Juan Carlos Allende.
The world praises the singer’s quality of interpretation, but Allende, who has also worked with personalities such as Vicente Fernández, celebrate your diction. “I’ve never heard anyone say that one of Chavelita’s great skills was her diction,” he mentions.
“Every word that Chavela uttered had a lot of weight and a lot of emphasis and it was due to the diction. There are very few singers in the world who have this ability to express themselves. musically with exceptional clarity and emotional weight,” says Allende.
In your opinion, what do the Mexican people have to learn from this woman, Allende says determined: “Nothing”. “The Mexican people are courageous, they are a tenacious people, that’s how Chavela was, a courageous, responsible worker, they have nothing to learn from her because they have already brought her, it is a brave, hardworking and valuable people,” he said.
continue the legacy
Los Macorinos were close to Chavela when things got worse in Spain and he was afraid of not joining his country to live his last daysbut as everything was done as she wanted, she succeeded, although four days after her arrival in Mexican lands she died.
“We went to a hospital in Cuernavaca to visit her, she asked to see us, we didn’t want to bother her but she wanted to see us. Five minutes after saying goodbye, they called us to tell us that Ms. Chavela Vargas had died,” the musician recalled.
Juan Carlos Allende and Miguel Peña (Los Macorinos) are part of the tribute Chavela and his wiveswhich will be presented to him on September 30 by personalities like Ely Guerra, Ximena Sariñana, La Marisoul, Eugenia León and Ofelia Medina. “Sharing these special events leaves the soul nourished,” says the musician.
But that was not all. The musicians continued their friend’s legacy by returning to their instrumental roots with the album We (2022), in which they covered the music they played with Chavela only with their guitars. With this album, Los Macorinos hopes to return to the Latin Grammys.