Toña La Negra

Toña La Negra

Biography

One of Mexico's most unusual and talented songstresses, Tona La Negra is sometimes called the Mexican Billie Holiday, but you won't find any of Holiday's cigarette-damaged angst coming through in her buttery voice. Born in Veracruz, Tona La Negra was part of Mexico's Afro-Mexican minority (hence the nickname), but that never seemed to hinder her career. In the 1930s and '40s she gained a huge following as she became a devoted interpreter of Augustin Lara's songs, bringing a jazzy, warm sensibility to his classic tracks. She also appeared in several Mexican films in supporting actress or musical guest roles.
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