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This morning, I woke to a message linking me to the discovery of the what could be the only known recording of Frida Kahlo’s voice. The recording was recently discovered in the pilot of “El Bachiller,” a 1955 radio show, which was featuring a profile of her husband, Diego Rivera, Mexico’s Department of Culture said in a press release.
It has not yet been confirmed that the voice is Frida, but the recording is thought to date to 1953 or 54. Kahlo passed in July of 1954, so there is a chance this is her reading from a text entitled, “Portrait of Diego”.
I’ve listened to this now on repeat a number of times. I pick up a stray word or so in Spanish, the language is foreign to my ears, but the possibility this being her cadance fills me with a hope. I find myself wishing for something rachous from her mouth, a secret, unscripted and candid stream of conscious professing loves and passions and losses.