La Llorona (album)

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La Llorona
La Llorona cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 February 1997
RecordedChez Frank Studios, Montreal
GenreLatin, folk, world music, Gypsy jazz
LabelAudiogram (Canada), Atlantic (USA)
Lhasa de Sela chronology
La Llorona
The Living Road
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La Llorona is the debut studio album by Canadian singer Lhasa de Sela, released in 1997 in Canada and 1998 elsewhere.


Alejandro Sela, Lhasa's father, received his doctorate on literature of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and taught her of the legend of La Llorona.[1] This is the folktale of the crying woman, resembled the mythological wife of Quetzalcoatl who has lost her children. For Lhasa, La Llorona comes from the omen of conquerors. Lhasa believes that the woman cried when the Spanish arrived in America to warn her native children of the doom that the conquistadors would bring to their way of life.

Track listing[edit]

1."De cara a la pared"Lhasa de Sela, Yves Desrosiers4:16
2."La Celestina"Lhasa, Desrosiers4:47
3."El desierto"Lhasa, Desrosiers3:53
4."Por eso me quedo"Lhasa, Desrosiers3:51
5."El payande"Traditional, arranged by Lhasa and Desrosiers3:32
6."Los peces"Traditional, arranged by Lhasa and Desrosiers3:51
7."Floricanto"Lhasa, Desrosiers, Alex de Sela4:10
8."Desdeñosa"Traditional, arranged by Lhasa and Desrosiers4:34
9."El Pájaro"Lhasa, Desrosiers3:58
10."Mi vanidad"Lhasa, Desrosiers4:13
11."El árbol del olvido"Fernan Silva Valdez, Alberto Ginastera3:11



  • Lhasa de Sela - Vocals, artwork, English and French translations
  • Yves Desrosiers - Guitars, lap steel, bass, saw, accordion, banjo, percussion, production, arranging
  • Mario Légaré - Bass, double bass
  • François Lalonde - Percussion, drums, sampling, programming


  • Jean Massicotte - Mixing
  • Don Hachey - Assistant mixing
  • Jean Bouthillette - Technical coordination
  • Jean-Francois Chicoine - Mastering
  • Eve Cournoyer - Graphic coordination
  • Lousank - Graphic design
  • Carl Lessard - Photography
  • Alissa Hill - Makeup
  • Sandra Khouri - French translations


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2012-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)