Toña la Negra
|Toña la Negra|
|Birth name||María Antonia del Carmen Peregrino Álvarez|
October 17, 1912|
November 19, 1982 70) (aged|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Labels||RCA Victor, Peerless Records, Orfeón, Panart|
|Associated acts||Agustín Lara, Sonora Matancera|
María Antonia del Carmen Peregrino Álvarez (October 17, 1912 – November 19, 1982), better known as Toña la Negra, was an Afro-Mexican singer known for her interpretation of boleros and canciones written by Agustín Lara. She first became famous for her interpretation of Lara's "Enamorada", as well as "Lamento Jarocho", written specially for her to sing. She also sang in the famous Sonora Matancera, recording two numbers in the studio with this musical institution. The alley where she was born in the old barrio of "La Huaca" in the city of Veracruz, México, carries her name.
Death and Legacy
After her death the municipality of Veracruz has erected a statue of Toña la Negra within sight of the old church of Cristo del Buen Viaje (1609) bordering on the La Huaca barrio. The German film director Christian Baudissin made a documentary about Toña la Negra for television in 1993 that included interviews with her ex-husband the musician "Vittillo" Victor Ruiz Pazos, singer Tania Libertad and others who knew her.
- Heads or Tails (1937)
- María Eugenia (1943)
- Red Konga (1943)
- Revenge (1948)
- Love for Sale (1951)
- A Galician Dances the Mambo (1951)
- "Top Mexican Singer Dies". The Victoria Advocate. November 20, 1982. p. 12A.
- Toña la Negra at the Internet Movie Database
- Toña la Negra at the Internet Movie Database (Christian Baudissin documentary)
- Article from Latin Beat Magazine