Every time we receive unfortunate news of the physical departure of an icon from our childhood or adolescence, it gives us the impression that our lives are fading. Now, when reviewing the networks, comes the bad news of death at 78 years of the incomparable Raffaella Carrá, one of the greatest divas of all time, victim, according to her husband, of a long illness.
With her beautiful smile, dazzling blonde hair and nymph body, Raffaella captivated and fell in love with boys and girls of various generations. In its heyday, there was no little party where some of its great and catchy hits didn’t play ad nauseam.
I remember his presence in various programs on the small screen. Every time she went out, entire families gathered in front of the TV and sang and moved as if they were part of the colorful dance corps that accompanied her. Fiesta, Lola, Hot Hot, You have to come southAmong other hits, they were heard everywhere and made many dream.
Raffaella revolutionized the way of doing musical shows on television, which dazzled, not only the public in his beloved Italy and all of Europe, but also in Latin America and on a small island named Cuba. Maximum representative of the Italian state television RAI, collaborated and appeared in other stations in various countries.
It is worth remembering that she was a pioneer or leader in some initiatives, such as being a paradigm in aerobic exercises in her country, as well as singing in Spanish, which opened the doors to other artists from a nation with a language little spoken worldwide. . The path traced by her among the Spanish-speaking public was later followed by other Italian stars such as Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Nek, Gianlucca Grignani or Tiziano Ferro.
Raffaella Carrá also became one of the great gay and fighting icons of the LGBTIQ community of all time. He was at the height of Maria Callas, Édith Piaf, Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Madonna, Isabel Pantoja, Rocío Jurado, Rosa Morena, Mónica Naranjo, George Michael or Whitney Houston, for only name a few.
However, another of the qualities that defined his personality was the constant defense of humble people, of ordinary people. She considered herself a leftist and communist militant, which she never concealed or disguised in her lavish suits. On one occasion he stated:
«I consider myself a person of the left in my own way (…) Throughout my life I have been on the side of the workers, of the people who fight, because I myself have worked a lot.
«I always vote communist. Between workers and employers, I will always be on the side of the workers. Being a communist implies a way of life and a very great responsibility ”.
A few weeks ago, Cuban television screened in the Arte 7 space a Spanish musical film based on the great successes of Raffaella Carrá, in which it was evident that the greats never go out of style.
For those of us who enjoy and fall in love with her music, singing, dancing, choreography, charisma, smile and beautiful blonde hair, we can only say “Goodbye, Diva!” and a “Bravo!” accompanied by a very strong applause that accompanies her for all eternity.