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El barrio del tambor

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El barrio del tambor (The Neighbourhood of the Drum) is the title of a milonga written by Horacio Sanguinetti. The music was composed by Antonio Bonavena.




Antonio Bonavena

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Lyrics writer(s):

Horacio Sanguinetti


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Spanish: El barrio del tambor

Calles viejas más mil motas
vigiladas por un farol,
voz de negro de alma tenebrosa,
voz del barrio del tambor.
Fiel candombe color de sombra
y candombe en el corazón,
canto oscuro que zumba y asombra
con la angustia de su son.
Recuerdos de las morenas
vistiendo batas color punzó,
luciendo las azucenas
de sus sonrisas de corazón.
Barrio negro, barrio triste
se ha apagado tu carbón,
barrio negro, ya no existes,
se ha callado tu tambor.

English: The Neighbourhood of the Drum

Old streets plus a thousand specks
guarded by a streetlamp,
voice of a black man with a shady soul,
voice of the neighbourhood of the drum.

Loyal, shadow-coloured candombe
and candombe in the heart,
dark song that buzzes and amazes
with the anguish of its sound.

Memories of the dark-skinned women
dressed in Ponceau red robes,
showing off the white lilies
of their heart-shaped smiles.

Black neighbourhood, sad neighbourhood,
your charcoal has gone out,
black neighbourhood, you no longer exist,
your drum has fell silent.


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