Audio Recordings Merce

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Bermudez, Ramon
Halpert, Herbert
Martinez, Adela
Martinez, Adelita
Pages, Art
Pous, Carlos
Pous, Carols
Dates 1939
Location Florida
United States
Ybor City
Language Castilian
Subjects ['Ethnography', 'Music', 'Cuban Songs', 'Congas', 'Love Songs']
[Ybor City]
Cuban Americans
Cuban Club
Cuban Songs
Drum Music
Field Recordings
Hillsborough County
Instrumental Music
Love Songs
Tampa, Florida
Vocals with Piano, Drums, and Gourds
Contributor Names
Martinez, Adela (performer)
Pages, Art (performer)
Bermudez, Ramon (performer)
Pous, Carols (performer)
Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (collector)
Martinez, Adela (speaker)
Created / Published
Ybor City, Florida, 1939-06-21.
Subject Headings
-  Drum music
-  Love songs
-  Cuban Americans
-  Cuban Americans -- Music
-  United States -- Florida -- Ybor City -- place of recording
Field recordings
Instrumental music
-  A song played in dance halls in Cuba. Introduced by the singer, in Spanish. As later translated by Art Pages, "The idea of the song is--the name of the song is Merce, that's a name--a proper name. It's a Negro girl's name, and she's supposed to be the most popular of the party, and the song refers to her popularity--that is, her way of dancing and acting and speaking, and so forth, and everybody sings to her beauty and her pep, would you say, and the whole song is based on her."
-  Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente Martínez de Ybor. The cigar companies moved from Key West to avoid unionization of their workers.
-  The Cuban Club is a recreational society founded in 1899 by Cuban immigrants.
-  Performance Note: "Merce" (vocals with piano, drums, and gourds) performed by Adela Martinez, Art Pages, piano, Ramon Bermudez, and Carlos Pous, vocals, at Cuban Club, Ybor City, Florida, on June 21, 1939.
-  Performer referred to elsewhere as Adelita Martinez
sound recording
sound disc
1 sound disc (1 minute, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in.
AFC 1939/005: AFS 03146 A01 DLC-AFC American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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