Listen to this link: Romnia Cortez performs live at La Colina del Molinos
|We always seek out local music on our Argentina tours and Romina
brought some of us to tears
Considering what attire to wear, Anne asked me what to expect at a pena so when I told her its a casual local cafe with live music and not to worry it wasn't enough detail for her to picture what she needed to know. As soon as we walked in the door of La Casona del Molino she said, "Oh, I get it!" There were no other gringos in the big old colonial house with room after room filled with patrons sitting around on old wooden chairs and tables covered in empty wine bottles clinking glasses vibrating with chatter, laughter, and song. Local musicians come with guitars and drums in hand to take up their place in the corner of a room.
Romina Cortez and her three friends assembled themselves at a few other tables in the back room reserved for our group. Penas typically provide local faire so we ordered up a bunch of food to share: humitas are fresh corn masa wrapped in corn husk like a big tamale with cheese and pieces of sweet kernels that give them chewy consistency; empanadas filled with spicy beef; locro a hearty meaty local soup; pizza, and salad with fresh summer greens (beause it's still summer here). We select delicious Torrontes whites and various red blends that we share with our jovial house musicians.
Before we know it Romina is strumming her guitar with a classical Argentine rhythm and her companion knocks out a 3/4 beaton his big bon bon cowhide drum. Then she sang, so passionate, so deep, so loud and powerful it brought some of us to tears and most didn't even need to understand the lyrics to feel it was pura vida! One of Romina's friends at her table was a professional guide who explained what each song was about so we would know the story of her laments such as one song about a man in love with two women speaking with his heart asking why his heart was doing this to him. Another song was about the plight of protecting the endangered vicuñas on the altiplano of the high Andes.
|Obviously, Anne and Rosemarie had a good time on this night of our Argentina wine tour!|
|Like the future rock star her friends expect her to be, Romina signed copies of our Salta photo book for everyone in our Argentina tour group.|
We always include a visit to a pena on our Argentina Wines and Adventures itinerary.