Friday Canción: Baila Casanova by Paulina Rubio

Happy Friday!

Are you ready for some spicy Spanish music to get your feet moving?  I’ve got a Friday Song for you…

La canción de viernes: Baila Casanova by Paulina Rubio

This song was released in both Spanish and English versions in 2002 by Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.  The video was filmed in the National Palace of the Dominican Republic and directed by Simon Brand.

I’ve included lyrics/ letras from the Spanish version, an almost literal translation into English and the English version.  Note how the English version is quite different from the literal translation.

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Time to Dance!

In the mood to dance as yet?  Baila Casanova is listed as a song perfect to dance the Cha Cha!  Yet another dance that bears roots in Cuba, the cha-cha-chá, or simply cha-cha in the U.S., is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s.  The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers’ feet.  The Cha-cha-chá should be danced to authentic Cuban music, although in ballroom competitions it is often danced to Latin Pop or Latin Rock.

Check out the fancy footwork of the professionals below.

 

Hope you find some time to dance this weekend… even if only in the privacy of your own four walls! Have a great weekend.

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I’m a Latin American Studies teacher, teaching Latin American History and Politics and Basic Spanish. I love reading, writing, teaching and travelling. 

2 thoughts on “Friday Canción: Baila Casanova by Paulina Rubio

  1. That’s so interesting how they changed the English version to much from the literal translation. I always wonder if different language versions get changed so they rhyme better in whatever specific language it’s in. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I think some of the changes to occur to maintain a particular rhyme or rhythm. Maybe more so with songs than poems. I’ve been reminded many times that it’s more important to convey the spirit and general meaning of something rather than the distinct words. lol

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