ERNESTINA REYES “LA CALANDRIA”
Ernestina Reyes “La Calandria”
A native of the town of San Lorenzo. Arguably, she is among the femenine voices the greatest exponent of Puerto Rican country music, with her registry of chords and arpeggios from her throat, and a pure jíbaro sentiment in her mountain music. Before producing her earliest recordings, she sang in duo with her sister when they were known as the Reyes Sisters [Las Hermanas Reyes].
Ernestina Reyes began her fame recording with Chuíto el de Bayamón and the Conjunto Típico Ladí in 1947 for the RCA Victor label. She left us a legacy of unforgettable recordings upon her death a few years ago.