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Skip to content. It first became famous via a Havana singer named Joseito Fernandez, who performed it on his radio show starting in the s. But if you don't know the rest of the words, that's okay. The new version caught on, and soon, everyone in Cuba was singing it. Hector Angulo, a Cuban music student who later became a celebrated composer, played Guantanamera for the American folk singer Pete Seeger at a festival in upstate New York. Seeger loved it. I'd love to learn it. Seeger did more than learn it. He played it live at Carnegie Hall, recorded it on a hit album, and taught audiences all over the US to sing along.
In , a version by American vocal group the Sandpipers , based on an arrangement by the Weavers from their May Carnegie Hall Reunion concert, became an international hit. They are presented here in the original Spanish poem:stanza. Given the song's musical structure , which fits A—B—A—B sometimes A—B—B—A octosyllabic verses, "Guantanamera" lent itself from the beginning to impromptu verses, improvised on the spot, similar to what happens with the Mexican folk song " La Bamba ". Through this use, "Guantanamera" became a popular vehicle for romantic, patriotic, humorous, or social commentary in Cuba and elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world. Additional verses commonly sung are:. Some [ who? The recording is described by Stewart Mason at Allmusic as the "definitive version" of the song. He urged that people sing the song as a symbol of unity between the American and Cuban peoples, and called for it to be sung in Spanish to "hasten the day [that] the USA