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Gene Glickman / Jose Fernandez
SATB a cappella
This song by Jose Fernandez comes from Cuba.  The text was written about a century ago by Jose Marti, am important Cuban poet, known as "the Father of his Country." The music is derived from a pre-existing Cuban song/dance form which makes the words of the refrain much older than Marti's verses. "Guantanamara" is a woman from Guantanamo, the southeasternmost region of the island of Cuba. "Guajira" is a peasant woman. Thus, the refrain refers to a peasant woman from Guantanamo.