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The story of “La Oma”

“La Oma” is more than an iconic song of Argentine folklore: it is a story that transformed a common life into eternal, through chamamé.

It is rarely possible to know who is the inspiring muse of musical themes or artistic works. This is the case of “ La Oma” , one of the most emblematic songs of Argentine folklore, and its inspiring, Marta Hoffner .

If we talk about folklore and someone who has inspired a song, it would be inevitable to think that he is Argentine, but not: “La Oma” is Brazilian. Marta Hoffner was born in Brazil, on October 12, 1907. He was a direct descendant of Germans who had arrived on our continent at that time.

Marta, La Oma, married  Armando Rabe  and formed a family with three children. The nomadic instinct seemed to have a strong presence in Hoffner, who did not hesitate to come to Argentina following her husband. His destination was  Chaco , more precisely San Bernardo.

How does it get to folklore? The alternatives that life grants brought her together with  Daniel Altamirano  and  Pedro Favini  , who were entertained with food by La Oma. Marta Hoffner's way of life, solitary and barely accompanied by her parrot, inspired Altamirano. This meeting took place in 1975.

 Oma  comes from German and means “grandmother.” It is widely used in the Mesopotamian  region  to call grandmothers who have a German, Polish or Swiss offspring. Something similar to what happens in other regions with the word  nona , of Italian origin.

The work of art  fol  k  Loric  “La Oma” is presented as chamamé. His lyrics talk about Hoffner's life and his home. Her lonely life was the result of her husband and children's departure elsewhere.

 From a normal life to eternity 

In 1977, two years after meeting Daniel Altamirano, Hoffner learned that he was the protagonist of a song and was performed on stage. The Oma was praised by many Chacqueños who sang her song. In 1994 his physical life would end, but his image, his story, will continue to be immortalized every time someone sings “La Oma”.

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