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Oye Como Va

So I was listening to Santana and this song came on. I thought... 'Well, I forgot about this song. I wonder what they're saying.' Try as I might, I didn't really figure it out. But I did find a few translations online and this is it in a nutshell:

Oye como va mi ritmo

(Listen how my rythym goes)

Bueno pa' gozar, Mulata

(It's good for having fun, Mulata)

The fact that they abreviated para threw me off a bit, and I have still to figure out what Mulata is. Is that a proper name? Term of endearment? Anyone know?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Denfisksson

'Mulato/a' is a person whose parents are one of them black and the other one white. I don't know if that sounds offensive, I don't know how to explain it better :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ImpInTraining

Thanks. I don't know why I didn't recognize it before. I know exactly what you're talking about.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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You beat me to it, Denfisksson. I'll remove my post.

Also, love that song!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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You will hear "para" shortened to "pa'" quite often. :) The singer is just referring to a dark skinned woman - the other posters are correct about this. But also, in Spanish (and amongst Latina/os) there is a lot of...stuff...around race and people are sometimes referred to by their skin color. Have you ever seen how they used to racially classify people in the Spanish empire? Let me see if I can find a link...

http://nativeheritageproject.com/2013/06/15/las-castas-spanish-racial-classifications/

http://www.artnet.com/magazine_pre2000/features/ramirez/ramirez12-02-96.asp

https://notevenpast.org/casta-paintings/

If you look closely at these pictures words such as the one in the song might come up. In some contexts that is a very offensive word though (see African American History) so be warned on that one!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LinZiyin
LinZiyin
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Do you mean the castas?

Edit: Jinx :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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:) Yes, I wasn't sure it was worth getting into, but I think perhaps someone will find this cultural/historical stuff interesting! Ya never know. :) Do I see some Japanese artwork in your lil circle by the way? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LinZiyin
LinZiyin
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Yes, you do! That's one of Hokusai's 36 views of Mount Fuji. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ImpInTraining

I will take care not to sing it in public. Thanks!

3 years ago

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tnel1
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I haven't heard that song in so long! I only remember that hook, I don't remember the other line. You have a sharp ear! ;) It's pretty mind blowing how much has changed in the world since that song came out, eh? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastosiano

Why not ???

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ImpInTraining

Don't like to offend people... unless I'm doing it intentionally.

3 years ago