From the recording LUME
Maria Teresa Vera / arr. Merima Ključo
"The grande dame of Cuban music", Maria Teresa Vera was not only the greatest female trova singer of all time, she was also one of the form's greatest singers, period. Vera became a professional musician and songwriter -- and a mightily popular one at that -- during the early 20th century, when such a career was virtually unheard of for a woman. Her skill at singing trova -- a rural folk song style that predated the son dance craze -- helped lay the groundwork for the explosion of Cuban popular music in the '30s and '40s, and her fame as a trovadora lasted well after the style was eclipsed by other popular trends." - Steve Huey
"Departing love, piece of soul with no mercy..."