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El Burrito de Belén

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"El Burrito de Belén" (English: The Little Donkey from Bethlehem) or "El Burrito Sabanero" (English: The Little Donkey from the Savannah) is a popular Latin American Christmas song. It was written by Hugo Blanco for the 1972 Christmas season. The song was first recorded by the Venezuelan folk singer Simon Diaz, included on his record, “Las Gaitas de Simon” where he was accompanied by the Venezuelan Children’s Choir. Later, the children’s musical group, La Rondallita recorded the song in November 1975 with the vocals of a child named Ricardo Cuenci.[1] This latest version gained popularity in Latin America.[2] It has since been recorded many times by popular artists.

Cover versions[edit]

"El Burrito de Belén"
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Single by Juanes
from the album Superestrella en Navidades
Released December 12, 2006
Format CD
digital download
Genre Christmas music, Latin pop
Length 3:11
Label Universal Music Latino
Juanes singles chronology
"Mi Libre Canción"
"El Burrito de Belén"
"Me Enamora"

Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes recorded this song as the first radio single from the Christmas compilation album Superestrella en Navidades.



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  2. ^ «Decanos de la Navidad». Revista Estampas del diario El Universal, 2 December 2007 edition. Referenced 7 August 2012.