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La Teta... to give the breast is to give life...




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Published on Feb 12, 2008

to give the breast, is to give life...
This amazingly wonderful video is a public information broadcast from Puerto Rico.
The joy in this video needs no explanation from us. The makers of the video are reading your comments, and they too are very happy! :-)

The information on our video "Breastfeeding Toddlers" will be useful to those who had no idea that children normally breastfeed well into the age when they are walking, talking, and dancing!

As a result of comments on 'nipple twiddling', some of you might like to read this one: The Need to Knead

(trying to find new URL "The Need to Knead" by Kathryn Orlinsky")

and this one: Nursing Manners

The song is "Duerme Negrito" sung by Mercedes Sosa, a famous Argentinian singer.

It is based on a traditional lullabye, sung to the baby to make it sleep, as the Mama tells the baby how hard she has worked in the fields all day, to bring little special treats to the baby. 'Duerme Negrito' means 'sleep little black boy' and 'negrito' and 'negrita' are terms of endearment for babies in the culture. The lady who wrote to tell me of the meaning, says she remembers being called 'negrita' by her mother, and she was as fair skinned as could be! For those who may like to lull their own negrito to sleep with this music, I tracked down the song to two albums of Mercedes Sosa's work:

30 Anos: Verve ASIN: B0000015TL

Mercedes Sosa en Vivo: Universal ASIN:

The production credits are:

Public broadcast to promote breastfeeding
Title: La Teta
Director: Álvaro Aponte-Centeno
Producer: Cristina Molina Parrilla
DP: Carlos Díaz
Song: "Duerme Negrito"
Composer: Atahualpa Yupanqui
Interpreted by: Mercedes Sosa
2 Gatos, Inc.
Location: Puerto Rico

Ms Sosa is nicknamed 'La Negra' in Argentina, for her waterfall of shiny black hair. :-)

There is quite a few Sosa songs on YouTube, including her singing Duerme Negrito live...

The song is copyright UGM, YouTube Allow, Everywhere

There are several dozen versions of Duerme Negrito across YouTube!

Duerme duerme negrito
Que tu mama 'ta en el campo negrito
Duerme duerme mobila
Que tu mama 'ta en el campo mobila

Te va trae' codornices para ti
Te va trae' rica fruta para ti
Te va trae' carne de cerdo para ti
Te va trae' muchas cosas para ti
Y si negro no se duerme
Viene el diablo blanco y zas! ...
Le come la patita chicapumba
Chicapumba apumba chicapum ...
Duerme duerme negrito
Que tu mama 'ta en el campo negrito

Trabajando duramente
Trabajando si
Trabajando y va de luto
Trabajando si

Trabajando y no le pagan
Trabajando si

Trabajando y va tosiendo
Trabajando si
Pa'l negrito chiquitito
Pa'l negrito si

Trabajando si
Trabajando si

Duerme duerme negrito
Que tu mama 'ta en el campo negrito

Negrito ... Negrito ...

Recop: Atahualpa Yupanqui

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    • UMG (on behalf of Universal Music); BMI - Broadcast Music Inc., EMI Music Publishing, LatinAutor, Rumblefish (Publishing), Warner Chappell, and 8 Music Rights Societies


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