Marta Gomez -- Manos de Mujeres

This is the last of the Mother's Day stuff. Today, I would like to focus on a singer and a song.



On April 16, 2009, Public Radio International's program, The World, featured Colombian born singer/songwriter Marta Gomez. She sings a more folkloric type music and has a beautiful, lyrical voice. Her latest CD is entitled "Musiquita". You can hear the program and some of her music at the following link.



http://www.theworld.org/node/25790



One of the songs featured in the report is a wonderful song about the average Colombian woman. These are the women that make the country work. The song is called "Manos de Mujeres" -- Women's Hands. Here are the lyrics:



Mano fuerte va barriendo, pone leña en el fogón -- A strong hand sweeps and puts wood on the fire


Mano firme cuando escribe una carta de amor -- A firm hand writes love letters


Manos que tejen haciendo nudos -- Hands that knit making knots


Manos que rezan, manos que dan -- Hands that pray, hands that give


Manos que piden algún futuro -- Hands that ask for some kind of future


Pa` no morir en soledad ay… -- So as to not die lonely.



Mano vieja que trabaja va enlazando algún telar -- Old hand that works tying up a loom


Mano esclava va aprendiendo a bailar su libertad -- Slave hand that learns to dance its freedom



Manos que amasan curtiendo el hambre con lo que la tierra les da -- Hands that knead curtailing the hunger with what the earth provides them.


Manos que abrazan a la esperanza de algún hijo que se va, ay… -- Hands that hug the hope of some child that has gone.


Manos de mujeres que han parido la verdad -- Women's hands that have born the truth


Manos de colores aplaudiendo algún cantar -- Colored hands applauding some song


Manos que tiemblan, manos que sudan -- Hands that tremble, hands that sweat


Manos de tierra, maíz y sal -- Hands of soil, corn and salt


Manos que tocan dejando el alma -- Hands that touch leaving their soul


Manos que sangre, de viento y mar -- Hands of blood, wind and sea

Comments

Camilla said…
I love your work on your blog. It is really nice to learn so much about Colombia.

I wondered if you could post a link to my blog?

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