Ricardo Cuenci, the Venezuelan boy who made Mi Burrito Sabanero famous and did not receive “not a bolivar cut in half” – BBC News Mundo

  • Rafael Abuchaibe
  • BBC Mundo

Image source, Venezuela Children’s Choir

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Ricardo Cuenci, 8 years old, rides a donkey accompanied by the Venezuelan children’s group La Rondallita on the cover of the original album

“With my sabanero donkey, I’m on my way to Bethlehem, if they see me, if they see me, I’m going to Bethlehem.”

If you were born in Latin America, it is very likely that those lyrics evoke memories of your childhood and that you are even listening to it again these Christmas days.

The Christmas carol “Mi Burrito Sabanero” or “El Burrito de Belén”, of Venezuelan origin, has been performed by a very wide range of artists: from the legend of Venezuelan music Simon Diaz even the Colombian singer Juanes passing by Elvis crespo.

But no version has had the impact that the one recorded, more than 40 years ago, by a group from the Venezuela Children’s Choir known as The Rondallita.

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Ricardo Cuenci, the Venezuelan boy who made Mi Burrito Sabanero famous and did not receive “not a bolivar cut in half” – BBC News Mundo