Before Jennifer Lopez, before Marc Anthony, before Iris Chacón or any of the Fania All Stars, there was a hurricane in Puerto Rico named Myrta Silva.
She was more than a singer, dancer or actress. She was a force of nature.
Myrta was the lead singer for La Sonora Matancera, composed dozens of songs, and produced a series of hit TV shows…all about her beloved island of Puerto Rico.
Her fans called her La Gorda de Oro, because every project she undertook became a huge success. Myrta had the Midas touch…a very rare thing in the entertainment world.
Myrta’s greatest genius was her ability to make Puerto Rico an active character in all her work. In every song, at every moment, you can feel the island’s spirit.
The following video, circa 1950, is a perfect example:
In the very first moment – from the way Myrta shakes her maracas, and mercilessly flogs her band – you know you’re watching something special.
Her singing is impeccable, her performance spectacular…100% Puerto Rican.
Feel the lyrics. Watch the San Juan skyline. Notice how it lingers, in the last dying seconds of the song…like a paradise lost, or a childhood memory.
This is art of a very high order.