Moliendo Café

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"Moliendo Café"
Single by Hugo Blanco
from the album Moliendo Café
English titleGrinding Coffee
Released1961 (1961)
LabelPolydor Records
Songwriter(s)José Manzo Perroni
Hugo Blanco (disputed)

"Moliendo Café" ("Grinding Coffee") is a Venezuelan song that has become popular around the world. The song was written in 1958, but the authorship is disputed between Hugo Blanco and his uncle José Manzo Perroni. Blanco's recording in 1961 became No. 1 in Argentina, and it has since been recorded by many singers. The song has also become a common football chant around the world as "Dale Cavese".[1]

Composition and recordings[edit]

According to Hugo Blanco, he composed the song in 1958, and since he was not of age (he was 17 years old), he asked his uncle José Manzo Perroni to register the work for him at the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Venezuela (SACVEN). A few years later, Perroni sued Blanco for appropriating the work, claiming that it was he who composed the song, and that his nephew had stolen the melody.[citation needed]

The lyrics of the song tells of someone who, while grinding coffee at night, feels frustrated at having to work instead of having a love life.[2][3]

The first singer to record "Moliendo Café" was Mario Suárez in 1958; Blanco did not record it himself until 1961. Blanco's version hit No. 1 in Argentina and Japan that year.[4][5]

Cover versions[edit]

Cuban singer Xiomara Alfaro's Spanish-language version peaked at No. 1 in Peru.[6] Lucho Gatica's version of the song peaked at No. 3 in Spain.[7] Mina's version topped the Italian singles chart and was the No. 11 track on the end-of-year chart in 1962.[8]

Julio Iglesias covered the song in the 1976 for his album America, which led to renewed interest.[1] Mario Suárez covered the song in his 2002 album Moliendo Café.

At present, the song has more than 800 versions in many languages. In Japan, the song's title is "Coffee Rumba" (コーヒー・ルンバ, Kōhī Runba), written by Seiji Nakazawa and recorded by Sachiko Nishida in 1961.[9] "Coffee Rumba" has been covered by several Japanese artists such as The Peanuts, Yōko Oginome, and Yōsui Inoue.[10] In Indonesia, the song is titled "Kopi Dangdut" and was a hit in that country in 1991. Ricardo Montaner performed a cover of the song on his 2001 album Sueño Repetido.[citation needed]

Football chants[edit]

"Moliendo Café" has become a popular chant for soccer fans around the world, and the chant is widely known as "Dale Cavese" in Europe. The chant was first adopted by fans of Boca Juniors a few years after Julio Iglesias had recorded the song, and it became popular in La Bombonera for a few decades, where the fans know the chant as "Dale Boca" ("Come on Boca"). The chant was picked up by fans of the Italian team Cavese 1919 after coming across a CD of Boca Juniors chants. The fans first used it in a match against Ancona in September 2006, and a clip of their chant "Dale Cavese" was uploaded to YouTube in 2007.[11] The video went viral and its popularity then spread to other clubs around the world, with many fans adapting the chants for their own teams.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Dale Cavese: the football chant that took over the internet and the world". The Guardian. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  2. ^ Mark Dinneen (2000). Daniel Balderston; Mike Gonzalez; Ana M. Lopez (eds.). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. Rutledge. p. 985. ISBN 9781134788521.
  3. ^ Dinneen, Mark (2001). Culture and Customs of Venezuela. Greenwood. p. 135. ISBN 978-0313306396.
  4. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 73, no. 27. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1961-07-10. p. 14. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  5. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 73, no. 4. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1961-11-13. p. 22. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  6. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1961-09-18. p. 16. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  7. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1961-11-20. p. 32. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  8. ^ I singoli più venduti del 1962 (Biggest-selling singles of 1962), in Italian.
  9. ^ ""Moliendo Café" ("Grinding Coffee")". Globe Moon.
  10. ^ "Moliendo Cafe (コーヒー・ルンバ)". Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Perché Dale Cavese viene cantato ovunque". Undici magazine. 5 December 2016.

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