Bola de Nieve
On Nochebuena, a little short video of Bola de Nieve singing his classic Ay! Mamá Inés.
Mamá Inés (Mother Inés) was a famous Cuban character. She was an African slave brought to Cuba who achieved fame through the song that Bola de Nieve (and many others) sings. According to Juan Perez's wonderful website on traditional Cuban characters, the song (rhythm credited to Emilio Grenet) begins with "Ay Mamá Inés, ay Mamá Inés, todos los negros tomamos café".
Mamá Inés lived with her beautiful daughter Belén in the Jesus Maria neighborhood of Old Havana. Cuban songwriter Moisés Simons added the classical lines of the song, where Mamá Inés is looking for Belén.
"Belén, Belén, Belén en dónde estabas metía,And Belén answers her mother:
que en todo Jesús María yo te busqué y no te encontré".
"Yo estaba en casa e MarianaThen, after that singers tend to improvise the lines...
Que ayer me mandó a buscar."