My Brief On-the-Street Introduction to Maria Dolores Pradera

Her’s is a voice I knew but I never knew her name, nor that she’s a Spanish legend, wildly popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world. For this introduction I owe a great debt of gratitude to the woman who operated this small stall on Calle Guayaquil in Quito’s Centro Historico. Thank you also for having a decent CD player and chilled bottled water.

Also known simply as María Dolores or La Pradera, the singer will celebrate her 91st birthday on August 29. Enjoy this brief video and recording, just one beautiful example of why aimlessly wandering the streets can be so invigorating, enlightening and enchanting.

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Quito, 04-March-2015

 

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