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El Manisero

By Moises Simons

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Hand Percussion, SATB
Composed by Moises Simons (1888-1945). Arranged by Matthew Bumbach. 11 pages. Published by Matthew Bumbach (S0.142799).

Item Number: S0.142799

2016 Contest Entry

“El Manisero” is attributed to Moisés Simons (1889–1945.) It is believed that he wrote the song in the early 1900s, but there is some question about his authorship of the song. It may have been written decades earlier by an actual peanut vendor in Havana, Cuba.

The lyrics emulate the cry of a street vendor who is trying to sell his peanuts. His call of “Mani..Mani…” (Peanuts…Peanuts) is heard over and over throughout the song.

Stand Kenton’s 1947 recording of “El Manisero” helped to popularize the song in the United States. This recording, and other early American recordings, labeled the style as “rhumba-foxtrot,” though it is actuallya Cuban son-pregón. 

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