Inti-Illimani Histórico with Diego El Cigala – “La Tarara”


Feb 6, 2023

“La Tarara” is an antique Spanish song. Here it is played by the popular Chilean group Inti-Illimani Histórico and sung by Diego El Cigala, the famous flamenco singer.

Diego “El Cigala” is very popular and loved in Latin America for his collaborations, he did not hesitate to collaborate with Inti-Illimani Histórico in the latest work of the group, titled “Travesura”, he interprets the old song “La Tarara” superbly.

Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar (born Madrid, 27 December 1968), known as El Cigala (Spanish for ‘Norway Lobster’, a shellfish popular in Spain), is a famous Spanish Romani Flamenco singer. As he himself has said, the nickname was given to him by three guitar players, Los Losada, for being very thin, not by Camarón de la Isla as commonly believed.

Born into a family of Spanish Gypsy artists and intellectuals in Madrid, El Cigala started singing in flamenco peñas (enthusiasts’ clubs) and tablaos, until his excellent meter and ability to mark the rhythm caught the attention of world-class bailaores like Mario Maya, Faíco, Farruco, El Güito, Manuela Carrasco, Cristóbal Reyes, Carmen Cortés, Joaquín Cortés and he began touring as part of their companies. By the late nineties, having collaborated on recordings by Camarón, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez and Vicente Amigo, he was ready to record his own CD. With the success of “Undebel” he launched his career as solo singer. He has now recorded 8 CDs and has won two Grammys and 5 Latin Grammy nominations.

Inti-Illimani (Spanish pronunciation: [in.ti.ji.ˈ]; from Quechuan inti and / Aymara illimani) is an instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble from Chile. The group was formed in 1967 by a group of university students and it acquired widespread popularity in Chile for their song Venceremos (We shall win!) which became the anthem of the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende.

In the past the group was musically led by Horacio Salinas and politically led by Jorge Coulon. However, in 2001 there was a controversial split of the group, which started when three key members left the group (José Seves, Horacio Durán and Horacio Salinas). They were replaced by Manuel Meriño (from Entrama), Cristián González and Juan Flores. Due to the importance of departed members, many called into question the ability of the remainder to carry on the Inti-Illimani name. Meanwhile, the three departed members started their own group they call Inti-Histórico. From 2005 there are two groups: Inti-Illimani (R) o “New” (Coulon brothers), and Inti-Histórico (José Seves, Horacio Durán and Horacio Salinas).

La Tarara Lyrics

Tiene mi Tarara un vestío verde
lleno de volantes y de cascabeles
ay Tarara si, ay Tarara no,
ay Tarara niña de mi corazón

ay Tarara loca mueve la cintura
para los muchachos de la aceituna
ay Tarara si, ay Tarara no,
ay Tarara niña de mi corazón

baja mi Tarara por la cuesta abajo
con una peineta de color rosao
ay Tarara si, ay Tarara no,
ay Tarara niña de mi corazón

Luce mi Tarara un mantón de seda
entre la retama y la hierbabuena
ay Tarara si, ay Tarara no,
ay Tarara niña de mi corazón

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