Format Audio Recordings
Contributors [Valdez, Señora]
Cook, Robert
Cook, Robert Harrison
Kennedy, Stetson
Valdez, Amado
Valdez, Señora
Dates 1939
Location Florida
United States
Ybor City
Language Castilian
Subjects Children's Songs
Cuban Americans
Field Recordings
Hillsborough County
Spoken and Chanted
Spoken Word
Tampa, Florida
Ybor City
Contributor Names
Valdez, Amado (performer)
Valdez, Señora (performer)
Kennedy, Stetson (collector)
Cook, Robert Harrison (collector)
Kennedy, Stetson (speaker)
Valdez, Amado (speaker)
Created / Published
Ybor City, Florida, 1939-08-27.
Subject Headings
-  Cuban Americans
-  Children's songs
-  Teasing
-  United States -- Florida -- Ybor City -- place of recording
Field recordings
Spoken word
-  This is a taunting song made up by the children of Ybor City, and was used to mock the rhythm of the peculiar walk of an Italian vendor of crabs who lived in Ybor City about 20 years ago (ca. 1919). The song was sung by the children to taunt him, and then they would run away. Amado Valdez explains the imitation in Spanish. The last rendition of the song on the record, by Amado's wife, is the most accurate.
-  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.
-  Performance Note: "Tranquitro" (spoken and chanted) performed by Amado Valdez, and Señora Valdez at Ybor City, Florida, on August 27, 1939.
sound recording
sound disc
1 sound disc (1 minute, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in.
AFC 1939/013: AFS 03536 A07 DLC-AFC American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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