La copla

juanito valderrama

One of Juanito Valderrama’s best known songs is El Emigrante, written in 1949. His son, a singer known simply as Valderrama, is the first singer to appear in the video.

The Spanish copla is pop or folk music that reached its peak popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s music that would be recognized by most Spanish adults—sometimes with nostalgia, as in the case of some of our acquaintances in their 50s who explained that la copla was music their mothers sang in the kitchen.

See and hear a modern take on El emigrante, a copla in the voice of an emigrant—of which there were millions in the years after the Spanish civil war (1936-1939)—promising to never forget his beloved Spain.

(My apologies for not giving the the artists and musicians due credit. The video came to me with no information.)


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