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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
| 01 February, 2020 |

is seldom 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 folklore , and her inspirational Marta Mr. Hoffner.

If we talk about folklore and a person who has inspired a song, it would be inevitable to think that it is Argentinean, but not: “La Oma” is Brazilian. Marta Hoffner was born in Brazil on October 12, 1907. He was a descendant. of Germans who had come to our continent by those times.

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 destiny was Chaco, more precisely San Bernardo.

How do you get to folklore? The alternatives that life gives joined it with Daniel Altamirano and Pedro Favini , who were celebrated with food by La Oma. Marta Hoffner’s way of life, lonely 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 descent. Something similar to what happens in other regions with the word nona, of Italian origin.

The work of art fol lorick “The Oma” is presented as chamamé . His handwriting talks 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 presented on stage. The Oma was ovated by many Chaco people who sang their song. In 1994 his physical life would end, but his image, his story, will continue to be immortalized every time someone chants “La Oma”.

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