SONG OF THE DAY Elena Madera – Pu-Chun-Ga

Image result for Elena Madera - Pu-Chun-GaToday I’m delighted to be showering you some wild Latin love courtesy of Elena Madera.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elena Madera’s father was a Philadelphian band leader and her mother, a Cuban-born  professional dancer.  Being the product of two such performers it is no wonder that Madera went on to be a singer herself.

Moving to the States when she was just two, there is little known about Elena’s life until she became a singer.  What I have managed to find out is that over the course of her musical career she sang with musicians like Tito Puente and Duke Ellington, was signed to Decca and had an international hit with her debut single Pepito in 1959.  Her vocal style and depth definitely stands out, her voice bold and fierce, roaring with passion and fire.  This is a feature which defined her against many other female vocalists of the time, all of whom were fighting to stand out in the fast-paced nightclub scene of the day.  But, I regret to add, this did not sustain her career and regretfully she disappeared all-too-soon into obscurity.  Perhaps it would please her to know that all these years later she is still revered for her wild, crazed and passionate vocals..I love her!

Pu-Chun-Ga (Sweet One) is the outstanding b-side to Elena Madera’s debut single which was released in 1959…I love, love, love her vocals in this!! Listen above.

About The Listening Post Blog

The Listening Post Blog - A place to discover new sounds, where the music speaks for itself..
This entry was posted in Afro-latin, Funk, latin world, Popcorn soul, Soul and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Let me know your thoughts, leave comments here:

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.