Chencha's gait

  title={Chencha's gait},
  author={Licia Fiol-Matta},
  journal={Women \& Performance: a journal of feminist theory},
  pages={287 - 301}
  • L. Fiol-Matta
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Art
  • Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory
Myrta Silva (Puerto Rico, 1923–87) is known as one of the all-time best singers of Cuban guarachas. This article explores the psychoanalytic object-voice and queer performance by looking at the “before and after” of a humorous song created jointly by Silva and the Cuban composer Ñico Saquito (Antonio Fernández), “Camina como Chencha” (“Chencha's gait”). This song and its performance fused the real-life Silva with the fictive Chencha. Silva, who had embodied sexual desire as both “Myrta” and… 
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