A veces de verdad lo creo, pero, ¿sabes cuál es la ventaja? de que puedo ver estrellas, cuando otros son tan ciegos, que ni eso alcanzan a ver.

Safe travels, Chamana.

"I’m not dying for I’m a shaman. And we do not die, we transcend"

Those words made people think of the worst just a couple of days before Chavela Vargas left this world this past Sunday morning. 
Costa Rican by birth and Mexican by choice, Isabel Vargas Lizano, better known as Chavela Vargas was an influential singer/songwriter/actress whose work crossed over borders. Always defying gender stereotypes, Chavela made a name by herself in the music scene with effort and her “rough” voice, making of her a unique performer and one of the most legendary singers in Mexico. A cultural icon, a pioneer.
Age 93, Vargas last performances took place this past July in Madrid where she stayed for almost a month to offer, among other events and appearances, a recital where she performed some of the songs included in her album “La luna grande" (The big moon) which she had devoted to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.
Back in Mexico, Chavela’s health was noticeably damaged and she was admitted to hospital right away. She knew her end was coming, but she feared not what was soon to happen. Then, on Sunday (August 5th), a tweet in her official Twitter account (managed by a person close to her) read what many had feared for days:

"Silence, silence: From this day on, the bitterness will be bitter again… The great lady, Chavela Vargas, is now gone…"

The reactions were swift, and in matter of minutes the sad news was being announced. Printed, tv, online, you name it. Everyone in Latin America and Spain knew what had happened. The story made it to Rolling Stone and to the most important newspapers in Spanish-speaking countries and some other’s too. Many singers, composers, filmmakers, journalists, institutions, and politicians offered their condolences immediately. 
After a homage at Garibaldi Square (the home of the mariachi) on Monday, where thousands paid their respects, on Tuesday her remains were escorted by a full mariachi band singing to José Alfredo Jiménez “En el último trago" walking her into the Palacio de Bellas Artes (above), the most important cultural center in Mexico City, where thousands gathered together again to say their last goodbye to the one and only “Chamana” while listening to Eugenia León, Lila Downs, and Tania Libertad singing to Chavela’s “La Llorona" (A must listen). Quite an experience, I may add.
While still at the hospital, Chavela asked her oxigen mask to be removed so that she could say something. Those would be her last words.

"I’m leaving with Mexico at heart."

Most of you had never heard of her, but you have now.
Rest in peace, Chamana. You will certainly transcend.

Chavela Vargas and dear “friend” Frida Kahlo.

This is the way my current series Mx comes to an end. Hope you enjoyed it.
P.S. If you read the whole post, thank you. Truly appreciate it.
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