I recently made a mix CD to use during my salsa lessons, and Oscar D’Leon’s “LLoraras” is one of the 10 songs I burned.
It gets regular play in salsa bars and clubs, so it makes sense to get a feel for the proper rhythm with my teacher. It’s one of the many songs I can’t *not* dance to if I hear it.
I still have this naive idea that all Latin music is romantic, about couples falling in love like they were still teenagers.
Looking up the English translation to Lloraras, one of my favorite salsa songs, I was taken aback by how this catchy song is really about heartbreak — the words of a man who’s partner had cheated on him, and despite her going back to him for forgiveness, he says “no” and declares he’s moving on with his life.
It’s like the Latin male’s version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”
Oscar D’Leon is from Caracas, Venezuela.