Tears and songs flowed in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi as the coffin of Chavela Vargas was on display last night.
Many said her voice gave Mexico’s suffering a voice. All those interviewed by BBC had a favorite song of Chavela’s but most remember her tough girl appearance noted by tequila and a gun in her holster.
The iconic ranchera singer was also well known to American audiences through her ground breaking appearance at Carnegie Hall at age 83 and her haunting songs in Salma Hayek’s ‘Frida’. There is a tribute planned for her on November 27, 2012 at Carnegie featuring Ely Guerra, Eugenia Leon and Tania Libertad
The 93-year-old singer was born in Costa Rica Isabel Vargas Lizano, but used her Spanish pet name of Chavela to perform. She was considered 100% Mexican and her music treasured throughout the Americas.
She died from respiratory failure on August 5, 2012.