27 abril 2009

Naming names

According to Lonely Planet's Canary Islands Travel Guide, 4th edition, p. 31:

Although the term Canario has come to designate all of the islanders, it once referred more strictly to the people of Gran Canaria alone (now more often as not referred to as Grancanarios or Canariones). The people of Tenerife are Tinerfeños; those of Lanzarote are not Lanzaroteños but Conejeros; Fuerteventura, Majoreros (from the Guanche name for much of the island, Maxorata); La Gomera, Gomeros; and El Hierro, Herreños.
Unfortunately, this text misses Isla de La Palma, whose inhabitants, I believe, should be named Palmeras (f) and Palmeros (m).

04 abril 2009

La canción de la semana #164

Orlando 'Cachaíto' López, who died on 9 February 2009 in Havana, was a Cuban double bass player who appeared on each of Buena Vista Social Club records and took part in every BVSC tour since 1997 till 2008. His motto was "siempre con swing". This week's theme, Tumbanga, co-written by and featuring Miguel 'Angá' Díaz and Hugh Masekela, is taken from his only solo album, Cachaíto (which won the Best Artist in the Americas category of the BBC Radio 3 Award for Word Music in 2002).