December 01, 2006

Todos vuelven or everybody comes back

The song and the video show it well, this song relates the journey back that dozens of Peruvians do everytime they have to go abroad to work or whatever and what they felt. When I go home, the most important parts are the beginning and the end. It is like the journey itself is not as important leaving and arriving. I felt moved because I left people I love in this country in order to see people I love in my country.

When I took off and I was overwhelmed by the situation, I struggle trying to cope with the expectations of seen my country and my family again. When I arrived, I am full of expectations again, but different, what I will see, how things have changed. The happiness of being in my country and seen my family accompany for most of the time when I get back to England but I tried to keep in my heart so I dont get homesick and can focus on what I have to do.

Cesar Alredo Miro Quesada Bahamonde, well known as Cesar Miro (1907-1999) was a Peruvian writer and great composer that created the most beautiful vals “Everybody comes back”, a hynm to the nostalgia, to the love to the land that saw us born. This song has been recorded by years ago by Ruben Blades making it international. In this clip, there are images of a flight to Lima and the night landing in Jorge Chavez international airport, there are also views of traditional Lima. We hear the voices of Jesus Chavez (The queen and lady of criollo music) and Victor Davalos (Important Arequipa musician) member of the now gone pair “Davalos Brothers”.

“César Alfredo Miró Quesada Bahamonde, mas conocido sólo como César Miró (1907-1999) fué un hombre de letras y gran compositor peruano que creó el bello vals “Todos Vuelven”, un himno a la nostalgia, de amor a la tierra que nos viera nacer. Este tema musical lo ha grabado hace años Rubén Blades haciendolo internacional.
En este clip se ven imágenes de un vuelo a Lima y aterrizaje nocturno en el Aeropuerto Internacional “Jorge Chavez”, así como vistas de Lima tradicional. Acompañan las voces de Jesús Vásquez (la reina y señora de la canción criolla) y Victor Dávalos (importante músico arequipeño) integrante del desaparecido dúo “Los Hnos. Dávalos” (Youtube:Criollismo)


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  1. Paul Goulder

    Thank you for this blog. I have provided a link to it on the Red Educativa Peruana as follows (link underlines “see this blog for an example of how Peruvians feel about it”):

    Dia de Arequipa, 15 Agosto, 2007

    Arequipa, the diaspora, nostalgia and music

    For Peruvians abroad there are several composers and singers who have universally “touched the chord of nostalgia” and produced what could be considered unofficial international anthems of the diaspora. César Alfredo Miró Quesada Bahamonde, better known as César Miró (1907-1999) created the nostalgically beautiful “Todos vuelven a la tierra en que nacieron al embrujo incomparable de su sol . . .” The best known version,(see this blog for an example of how Peruvians feel about it) perhaps, is that of Jesús Vásquez (who sung it initially) and Victor Dávalos. The latter was from Arequipa in the South of Peru, part of Los Hnos (Brothers) Dávalos. Alternating between solo and duet in this famous creole waltz Vásquez and Dávalos have produced an international masterpiece which reaches the hearts of millions, especially at times, such as now (National Day 28 July and Arequipa Day 15 August . . .), when Peruvians abroad are thinking particularly of their home country. A rather more modern version is that of the1991 New Orleans Jazz Festival in which Ruben Blades internationalises the song. But perhaps more appropriate for the Dia de Arequipa on August 15th, at least for the grey-haired brigade, is Los Davalos singing Rio de Arequipa or Blanca Ciudad or Melgar . . . or La Chabuca Granda with her inimitable Arequipay.

    Sorry the links have disappeared. Email me for a complete copy.

    Felices fiestas patrias, Paul Goulder

    07 Aug 2007, 09:12


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