Navidad Nuestra: Part 3
The third song of the suite is the one that most sounds like a traditional Christmas carol, with a hint of ‘Silent Night’ in the melody.
Los Fronterizos are an Argentinian folk quartet, four men who all sing, usually accompanying themselves with acoustic guitars and bombo legüero (a hand held bass drum). Below is a clip of them in action in this formation.
The group formed in 1953 and broke up in 1977, though apparently they still get together sometimes for reunion concerts. Their collaborations with Ariel Ramírez on Navidad Nuestra and Misa Criolla gave them their biggest international success.
NB This song is subtitled vidala catamarqueña. The vidala is a poetic song form. Catamarca is a province in NW Argentina.
EL NACIMIENTO Noche anunciada, noche de amor, Dios ha nacido, pétalo y flor, todo es silencio y serenidad, paz a los hombres, es Navidad. En el pesebre mi redentor es mensajero de paz y amor, cuando sonríe se hace la luz y en sus bracitos crece una cruz. Angeles cantan sobre el portal Dios ha nacido, es navidad Esta es la noche, que prometió Dios a los hombres y ya llegó, es Noche Buena, no hay que dormir Dios ha nacido, Dios está aquí.
THE BIRTH Night foretold, night of love God is born, petal and flower All is silence and serenity Peace to all men, it's Christmas In the manger my redeemer He is the messenger of peace and love When he smiles there is light And his little arms form a cross Angels sing over the entrance God is born, it's Christmas This is the night that was promised By God to mankind, and now it has arrived It's Christmas Eve, you don't need to sleep God is born, God is here.