Argentinian flamenco singer releases “La Candela de Lola”, a tribute to composer Sergio Siaba
“La Candela de Lola” is the new single from the famous Argentinian flamenco singer. The song will appear in his next album dedicated to Cuban son, salsa and flamenco.
With this recreation, Argentina celebrates the work of Sergio Siaba, a Spanish-Cuban composer who lived and grew up in Havana (Cuba). “La Candela de Lola” is a mix of “El cuarto de Tula” and “Ave María Lola”, two of Siaba’s most famous songs. Argentina recorded the single with the group Son de Cuba & Compañía, produced by guitarist José Quevedo “Bolita”.
Sergio Eulogio Gonzalez Siaba was born in La Coruna, Spain on July 31, 1915. When he was 6 years old, his parents moved to Cuba. At first he learned to play the guitar. Later, Siaba started writing songs at the age of 17, first as a trovador and later as a member of “Trío de Moya”. He later formed the group “Los trovadores del Caney”. At the end of his life, he worked as a trovador at Parque Lenin, west of Havana, where he performed every night.
Many of Siaba’s songs are now Cuban and Spanish classics, such as “Ave María Lola” (guaracha, very popular in Spain); “Pedacito de mi vida” (son of bolero, sung by Celina González); “Guajiro guarachero” (guaracha); “Solito solito” (son); “Hoy lo niegas” (bolero); “The contentoza” (guaracha); and “Perdóname vida” (bolero). Her songs have been performed by well-known artists such as Celina González, Omara Portuondo, Eliades Ochoa and others.
The Spanish-Cuban musician died in Havana in 1989.
Argentina want to highlight the work of Sergio Siaba. She says of the song:Siaba’s family living in Spain contacted me to congratulate me and encourage me to record some of their songs because they had seen my version of “El Cuarto de Tula” on social media, which I did during rehearsal with Son de Cuba & Compañía. I felt the curiosity and the need to know in depth his story and his work. Following this, and realizing that the figure of Siaba was not recognized as he deserves throughout the world because his work is magnificent, I decided to pay him this tribute with this medley of two of his emblematic songs . For me, it was a great pleasure to feel his musical intentions and his words. We really enjoyed producing and recording the single.”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years. He founded the sites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart. Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts and Music of the World.