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  • Nina


  • Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Collector)
  • Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Speaker)
  • Pages, Art (Speaker)
  • Delfino, Gilberto (Performer)
  • Pages, Art (Performer)
  • Bermudez, Ramon (Performer)

Created / Published

  • Ybor City, Florida


  • -  Cuban Americans
  • -  Serenades
  • -  Cuban-Americans--Music
  • -  Songs
  • -  United States -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Ybor City


  • Songs


  • -  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.
  • -  Sung in Spanish and described in English: "This is probably the oldest type of Cuban song that has ever--that has been known to be the oldest. There is no way of tracing it to its author or originality; it has just been picked from one generation to another."
  • -  As later translated by Art Pages, "This is a typical song that is sung to a girl by a window--Spanish windows. . . .He just sang to her and telling her how much he loves her, and in other words just calling her to the window in order to start a conversati
  • -  Performance Note: "Nina" (vocals with piano) performed by Gilberto Delfino, Ramon Bermudez, and Art Pages at Cuban Club, Ybor City, Florida, on June 21, 1939.


  • Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1939/005: AFS 03146 B01

Source Collection

  • Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

  • Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook Florida WPA Recordings (AFC 1939/013), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Alton C. Morris Florida WPA recordings (AFC 1939/026), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Florida WPA Recordings, 1940 (AFC 1940/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • American Folklife Center correspondence files, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Halpert, Herbert, Herbert Halpert, Art Pages, Gilberto Delfino, Art Pages, and Ramon Bermudez. Nina. Ybor City, Florida, 1939. Audio.

APA citation style:

Halpert, H., Halpert, H., Pages, A., Delfino, G., Pages, A. & Bermudez, R. (1939) Nina. Ybor City, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Halpert, Herbert, et al. Nina. Ybor City, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.