The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage validated the decision during the meeting that has been held since Monday in Kasane, in northern Botswana, Africa; they ratified 55 elements related to traditions in different parts of the world.
The bolero from Cuba and Mexico, considered the genre of romantic music and poetry par excellence, was declared an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO on Tuesday, December 5th.
This genre ” has the extraordinary power to say in a beautiful , beautiful way what we carry in our hearts,” said the Minister of Culture of Mexico, Alejandra Frausto, in a video broadcast on X.
Por iniciativa de 🇲🇽 y 🇨🇺 la @UNESCO_es reconoció #hoy al #bolero como patrimonio cultural intangible de la humanidad, celebrando la riqueza de su #música, lírica y sentimiento.— Delegamex UNESCO (@DelegamexUNESCO) December 5, 2023
¡Una merecida distinción para ambas naciones llenas de talento y tradición! 🎶📜🎼🎻🎹 pic.twitter.com/rNtj09Nqei
The Mexican official recognized Cuban artists as the creators of the bolero, “which is coming of age in Mexico.”
Cuba and Mexico jointly defended the candidacy of the bolero as “identity, emotion and poetry made into song”, which is “an indispensable element of the sentimental song of Latin America.”
The bolero was born in Santiago de Cuba (southeast) at the end of the 19th century with the piece “Tristezas” by Pepe Sánchez, and in the first decades of the 20th century it was adopted by Mexico , which enriched it with its own style.
In 1932, the Mexican Consuelo Velázquez released “Bésame mucho”, the most international of boleros, later performed by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, among others.
🇲🇽🎶🇨🇺 Celebramos la inscripción binacional de México y Cuba del bolero en la Lista Representativa de Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad de la @UNESCO.— Secretaría de Cultura (@cultura_mx) December 5, 2023
El bolero es identidad, emoción y poesía hecho canción. ¿Cuál es tu bolero favorito? ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BBdxrZETpx
Both countries have given the world great authors and performers, such as the Cubans Omara Portuondo and the deceased Celia Cruz, Elena Burke, César Portillo and Ignacio Villa (Bola de Nieve); as well as the Mexicans Agustín Lara, Javier Solís, Álvaro Carrillo and Armando Manzanero.