Sunday, July 15, 2007

"El manisero" The Peanut Vendor

Maní, maní, maní…
Si te quieres por el pico divertir,
Cómprame un cucuruchito de maní.
El manisero se va, el manisero se va.
Me voy, te digo que me voy…

The arrangement of El Manisero by a Jewish emigrant to Cuba, Moisés Simmons [1] was recorded by a popular Cuban singer Rita Montaner in Havana in 1928. In 1930 the adaptation of Montaner’s version was recorded in New York by Don Azpiazu and his Havana Casino orchestra, sung by Antonio Machín[2]. It was featured in the Hollywood film The Cuban Love Song (1931) and quickly picked by a dozen other orchestras in the United States and Europe. The song was a top hit on the record in 1931. (Compilments of Wikipedia)

This image was taken in Holguin, a city located in Eastern Cuba. The metal box in front of him keeps the peanuts, wrapped in paper shaped like a cone, warm. There's a smaller circular container below the main box. This is the source of the heat. He just sat there and allowed me to photograph him...I bought several of these and they are quite good...especially the last one that always seems to get stuck on the very bottom of the cone.

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