The only woman on the album, Omara Portuondo has sung with many of Havana's groups including the all-women bands Orquestra Anacaona and Aida Diestro, but she is best known as a solo bolero and feeling singer.  A rare calm descended on the studio as she dictated tempo and arrangement and in just two hours Veinte Anos was recorded.  The song was written by Mar’a Teresa Vera, one of the great figures of music who died in 1964 and here Omara perfectly captures her spirit.

 

"Veinte Anos"  Written by Marķa Teresa Vera

Published by Carimusic Corporation with kind permission by Wintrop Musik