Chavela Vargas

Ranchera, Musical Artist

1919 – 2012

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Who was Chavela Vargas?

Isabel Vargas Lizano, better known as Chavela Vargas, was a Costa Rica-born Mexican singer. She was especially known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras, but she is also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. She has been an influential interpreter in the Americas and Europe, muse to figures such as Pedro Almodóvar, hailed for her haunting performances, and called "la voz áspera de la ternura", the rough voice of tenderness. The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, presented her with a Latin GRAMMY Statuette in 2007 after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of that organization.

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Born
Apr 17, 1919
San Joaquín de Flores
Also known as
  • Chabela Vargas
  • Vargas, Chavela
  • Isabel Vargas Lizano
  • María Isabel Anita Carmen de Jesús
Parents
Ethnicity
  • Mexicans
Nationality
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
Profession
Died
Aug 5, 2012
Cuernavaca

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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