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Thread #46731   Message #1076914
Posted By: Joe Offer
20-Dec-03 - 02:50 PM
Thread Name: Mexican Folk Songs
Subject: Cumbanchero (Rafael Hernandez)
Hi, rtweiten - I did this Google Search (click) and came up with a number of possibilities. This page (click) had lyrics that sounded familiar to me. The page attributes the song to Rafael Hernandez, and I have verified that attribution from other sources.
This I Love Lucy Page also has the lyrics - Desi Arnaz introduced the song in the movie Cuban Pete (Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz was the husband of comedienne Lucille Ball).
Amazon.com has 175 recordings of "Cumbanchero" listed, including recordings by Desi Arnaz, Ferrante and Teicher, David Grisman (!!!), Ruben Gonzalez, Xavier Cougat and Liberace. Hey, and the Ventures recorded it, too. I sure would like to hear the Grisman recording, or the one by Ruben Gonzalez.
Hope that's the one you want.
-Joe Offer (e-mail sent)-

Cumbanchero
Words and Music by RAFAEL HERNÁNDEZ, 1940[introduced by Desi Arnaz]
- Many thanks to ACoolPRican84 for translating this song -
A cumba-cumba-cumba cumbanchero
A bongo-bongo-bongo bongocero
Pri-qui-ti que va sonando
El cumbanchero bongocero que se va
Bongocero que se va

A cumba-cumba-cumba cumbanchero
A bongo-bongo-bongo bongocero
Pri-qui-ti que va sonando
El cumbanchero bongocero que se va
Bongocero que se va

Y suena asi el tambor: pri-qui-ti bum-bam
Y vuelve a repicar: pri-qui-ti bum-bam

A cumba-cumba-cumba cumbanchero
A bongo-bongo-bongo bongocero
Pri-qui-ti que va sonando
El cumbanchero bongocero que se va
Bongocero que se va

A cumba-cumba-cumba drumplayer
A bongo bongo bongo bongoplayer
Pri-qui-ti the sound that it's making
When the drumplayer that goes by
Bongoplayer that goes by

A cumba-cumba-cumba drumplayer
A bongo bongo bongo bongoplayer
Pri-qui-ti the sound that it's making
When the drumplayer that goes by
Bongoplayer that goes by

And the drum sounds like this pri-qui-ti-bum-bam
And again he repeats pri-qui-ti-bum-bam

A cumba-cumba-cumba drumplayer
A bongo bongo bongo bongoplayer
Pri-qui-ti the sound that it's making
When the drumplayer that goes by
Bongoplayer that goes by