What do you throw at when you sound, Mexican: the 101 years of Chava Flores, the urban chronicler of popular culture

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Salvador Flores Rivera, known as Chava Flores, is a benchmark of Mexican popular culture, considered the greatest urban folklorist , since his compositions about daily life in the then Federal District of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s made an era and became they were impregnated as part of the Mexican imaginary. He was born in Mexico City on January 14, 1920 on Calle de La Soledad, in the historic La Merced neighborhood , and some of his biographers assure that he grew up between Tacuba, the Roma neighborhood and Santa María la Ribera. He even joked once that he only had to live in the castle of Chapultepec.

At the age of 13, when his father died, Chava had to drop out of school and began working in various local trades such as tailor, deliveryman, messenger As a collector, storekeeper and hardware store, he even learned to run a deli. His foray into these tasks would bring him closer to life in the capital's neighborhoods: through these jobs he had the opportunity to learn about aspects of society, get in touch with its inhabitants and accumulate experiences in the streets to later create images of the daily life of the town

The subway, the streets of the Historic Center, pulquerías, avenues, neighborhood parties, customs, machismo and the misery of the marginalized are some of the topics on which his work deals, which to date She is still remembered by Mexicans through songs like Los XV años de Espergencia, Los pulques de Apan and Peso sobre peso.

It is said that Flores knew in depth multiple populous colonies, such as Tacubaya, Azcapotzalco, Guerrero, Doctores, Roma and Romita, neighborhoods full of neighborhoods where he found inspiration for the important work he developed after a friend invited him to work with him in a printing press, where he was in charge of editing the fortnightly magazine The Golden Album of the Song . Chava recalled years later that thanks to that publication he was able to interview composers of the time, for whom he felt great admiration.

My love for the songs of Mexico and its composers flowed to my mind. I knew thousands of them even though I did not personally know any author, and from my mind desperate for misfortune emerged the golden album of the song. A fortnightly magazine that would vent my longing for that beautiful art that I loved so much and that was never mine

Chava is considered a crucial composer to understand a moment of great relevance in Mexican society, one of the great narrators of the life of the country, since his themes portrayed the first gestures of urban development in the Federal District.

The artist He portrayed in a colloquial and ingenious way, using popular language, bluffs and double meanings, the daily events of the neighborhoods, becoming a kind of modern minstrel, who even exercised political criticism in moments of repression. Such is the case of songs like Las gladiolas and La barrio de Lupe , which make fun of the policies applied during the regent Ernesto Uruchurtu, who was in that position from 1952 to 1966.

His great opportunity came in 1952 when thanks to the company RCA Víctor recorded the songs with which Dos horas de balazos and La tertulia became known . At the same time, he began to perform in tents and cabarets in the city, to gradually become known in the interior of the Republic, until he achieved popularity in Latin America and the United States.

By 1976 he had already recorded seven full-length albums, and it was owner of the Ageleste label. He also appeared in seven films, including The Corner of My Neighborhood, Rebels Without a Cause, and What are you throwing at when you dream, Mexican? His songs were sung in other films, in the voice of actors such as Germán Valdés Tin Tán, with El gato viudo and Pedro Infante, with La tertulia. Oscar Chávez, Eugenia León, Eulalio González Piporro, Manuel El Loco Valdés , Libertad Lamarque, Tehua and José Alfredo Jiménez are some of the personalities in whom his endearing songs shone.

Chava received several diplomas and recognitions for his career as author and composer, in addition of the affection of an audience that followed him for decades. In 1983 he moved to the city of Morelia, Michoacán, where he participated in a radio program and wrote the book Relatos de mi barrio. The emblematic urban chronicler died of a cardiac arrest derived from the stomach cancer he suffered, on August 5, 1987 at the age of 67 in his beloved Federal District.

Source: Infobae

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