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Toña la negra

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Veracruz, Mexico (1929 – 1982)

Toña La Negra (born Maria Antonia del Carmen Peregrino Alvarez, Veracruz, Mexico on 17 October 1912 – Mexico City, 19 December 1982) was an Afro-Mexican singer known for her interpretation of , sones, rumbas and songs from Agustín Lara.

On 16 July 1929 debuted at the “El Retiro” and doing cabaret season at the site, where it was known as “la Peregrino”, the Don Emilio Azcarraga Vidaurreta knew who was, along with Enrique Contel, who named her Tona la Negra . Began to be recognized in its interpretation of the song “Enamorada” by Agustin Lara, who also produced for her songs like “Lamento Jarocho”, “Veracruz”, “Noche Criolla “, “Oración Caribe”, “Palmera”, “La clave azul “and ” La Cumbancha “which appeared together in a music magazine in the Teatro Esperanza in December 1932, with such success that should extend their presentations for a long time.

She also sang for legends La Sonora Matancera. The alley where she was born in the old barrio of “La Huaca” in the city of Veracruz, México, carries her name. After her death the municipality of Veracruz has erected a statue of Toña la Negra within sight of the old church of Cristo del Buen Viaje (1609) bordering on the La Huaca barrio.

The German film director Christian Baudissin made a documentary about Toña la Negra for television in 1993 with interviews with her ex-husband the musician “Vittillo” Victor Ruiz Pazos and others who knew her.

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