Alberto Manzano On Latin American Influences In Leonard Cohen’s Work: Tango & Carlos Gardel

carlos-gardelThe following excerpt is from La conexión hispana de Leonard Cohen comenta el último regreso del músico by Marcos Moraga (La Tercera: Oct 13, 2014), translated by Helen Ketcham:

Only Cohen knows whether the songs of Popular Problems will go out live on a world tour. Any interest in visiting South America, where the singer has never toured? “Honestly, it’s not likely,” [Alberto] Manzano responds, while reviewing the Latin American influences in his work: “I know he really likes the tango. He is a lover of Carlos Gardel.1 In the mid-80s, he asked me to write an adaptation in English of the song “Goodbye, Boys.” And I did one. He probably has it put away in some corner of his desk. He has also read Borges.”

 

Credit Due Department: Photo by José María Silva. Public Domain. via Wikipedia. Originally posted October 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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  1. Carlos Gardel was a French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor, and the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Wikipedia []

One Reply to “Alberto Manzano On Latin American Influences In Leonard Cohen’s Work: Tango & Carlos Gardel”

  1. rike

    I always wondered why there never was a LC tour of South America where he has many admirer. Any guesses?