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“Malena” song: Graña VS Varela version

Discover the meaning behind “Malena” and decide who interpreted it best.



Written by Homero Mazni and composed by Lucio Demare, Malena is one of those tango pieces that bring a shiver down our spine every time we hear it. Describing the 40s in Argentina as the “década prodigiosa” or the prodigious decade, all started to make sense, by understanding that pieces such as this were what was composed during that age of milonga.

Malena has been on of tango most interpreted pieces within that genre. A fine surrealist poem painted with metaphors: the vigor, the strength and melancholic tone of a women that “canta el
tango como ninguna” (sung tango like no other).

Manzi emphasized in his lyrics a women, who made clear in lyrics, the stripping down of her passion and emotion of her song. At the same time, signaled a dark tone and the voice of a shadow and broken in a sentimental song.

Much of what has been talked about the origin of the lyrics and the identity of the supposed Malena. Wihtout giving major hints at the authenticity, we understand today, that Malena is not a piece about a single woman in particular. But, that on the contrary, it’s a piece that is meant to highlight the strength and vitality of the role that women needed to be able to sing in front of a bandoneon, a piano or violin of tango.

Maria Graña y Adriana Varela, for example, are two icons of vehemence and took charge when it concerned tango. If we look at these magnificent tangueras, as did Homero Manzi, who: “in each verse puts his heart and souls”, we find it almost impossible not to remember these two emblematic figures in the world of tango.

An imposing elegance in their voices, dry and refined, Graña and the Gata Varela were able to shake the very floor with another milonga porteña. Above all, they dared take on the piece “Malena”, giving their masterful renditions.Paragraph

So, now we ask you, who did Malena better?


© videos credits: La2x4BA; Carlos Antonio Fabre C.I.

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