Josefina Guevara Cangemi is just 10 years old. Because of those magical things in life, his first visit to the Teatro Colón was in the center of the stage, above the main stage of the Argentines.
The girl is from Mendoza and has been singing since she was in her cradle. His mom and dad are musicians, both coming from families of lyrical singers and folk and tango musicians. But the debut at the Colón of "La Jose", as she has chosen to call herself artistically, came hand in hand with rock.
With his small build and straight hair with a light strand, he took his first steps on stage. Her father was part of the orchestra, and her mother accompanied her with great emotion backstage.
The outstretched hand of Andrés Ciro Martínez, leader of Ciro y Los Persas, gave the start to the duet performance of Canción de Cuna, the song that the singer of Los Piojos dedicated to his daughter.
"I want you to fall asleep like a sun. Who lies down in a field of wheat," Ciro begins with a soft phrasing of his national rock classic. And the baby's eyes shine, her joy touches.
La Jose is the daughter of Joaquín Guevara, bassist of the indie rock band that arrived at Lollapalooza in Chicago usted Señálemelo, and arranger of the symphonic album by Ciro y Los Persas, among many other tasks as a musician. The girl's mother is Julieta Cangemi, a vocal and music coach, member of a family of lyrical, tango and folklore singers.
The girl's great-grandmother is Fenicia Josefina "Pepa" Cangemi (who was a teacher at the Teatro Colón and at conservatories in Germany and Italy), her aunt Veronica is an internationally renowned soprano, and her grandmother Patricia Cangemi, a tango singer, all of them very talented and consecrated. Also his paternal grandmother is Iris Guevara, she is a singer.
A family of musicians. His dad is the bass player for usted Señálemelo and his mom is a musician and vocal coach. Photo: Ignacio Blanco / Los Andes
"Before she started talking, she was already in tune with her babbling," says her father, in a house where music is listened to all day and La José's life since she was a child has been in festivals, clubs and concerts, accompanying her family.
The girl says that since she has memories of being a little girl she liked to sing: "Since I was two years old I like to sing at home, with my grandmother, and I liked to accompany my mother when she gave singing lessons."
The first recording with Ciro y Los Persas was with the Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra, a recording during the pandemic.
"It was my daughter's decision, she recorded in the studio we have at home, in a very loving and familiar way, and we sent the material. The production and editing work was wonderful, she feels like a daughter performing the song," says her father.
On the eve of the first presentation of the album with the Mendoza orchestra, Ciro crossed paths with the Cangemi Guevara family and heard the girl sing the bolero "Quizás, quizás, quizás". It was then that he proposed to sing live and as a duet.
They took the stage together at the Beer Festival in Mendoza, in December 2022. It was a success: La Jose was so focused on her performance, her voice so sweet, that the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Josefina is finishing fourth grade and auditioned for the Colón children's choir. Photo: Ignacio Blanco / Los Andes
The stakes went up and the babe accompanied Ciro y Los Persas in the three shows at Luna Park, in December 2022. And then at Cosquín rock. Hewas still expecting something greater: the stage of the Colón.
"In May, Ciro told us that they had contacted Rolling Stone for the magazine's 25th anniversary and that there was the possibility of doing this concert," says Joaquín Guevara, who along with Juan Emilio Cucchiarelli, are in charge of the orchestral arrangements for the album Sueños.
On December 4 was the symphonic show of Ciro y Los Persas with the Academic Orchestra of the Teatro Colón, conducted by Pablo Bocchimuzzi.
Rock took over the Colón again and the girl, who plays among gardens and vineyards in Mendoza, eclipsed the audience. "When they tell you that there are two songs left to upload, I start to think: what if I get stuck, and if I forget the lyrics and, sometimes, I go in hard," she describes with the naturalness of her 10 years.
But there is something that transforms her, achieves a complicity with the singer, with the music, makes the story of the song her own: "I relax and connect with the lyrics, I feel like I'm a baby in a lullaby," she says.
Singing with Ciro fills Jose with her: "It's fun, very cool, sometimes in rehearsals we all start dancing and singing any song to relax. It reassures me to sing alongside him."
La José with Ciro, when they sang together in Mendoza. Photo: Ignacio Blanco / Los Andes
The support of your family and friends is essential. "My heart beats knowing they're watching the show. Once a friend yelled at me 'Jose, Jose', in the middle of a song. And when I went back to school, all my friends hugged me and congratulated me because I had been to the Colón."
La Jose is finishing the fourth grade of primary school, at the Singing Children's School in Mendoza. She likes to do acrobatics on canvas and enthusiastically tells about her projects, such as returning to filmmaking (she already participated in the film "Cuando ya no esté", starring Gustavo Garzón and Noemí Frenkel), continuing to study violin and taking up urban dances again.
When she returned from the Colón, her companions hugged and congratulated her. Photo: Ignacio Blanco / Los Andes
But the project that has her most excited is the possibility of continuing to be linked to the Colón. The girl auditioned for the children's choir of the theater and, destiny coincides with the multiple artistic tasks of her mother and father. The whole family plans to move to Buenos Aires in 2024.
Although he grew up listening to lyrics, tangos and folklore; Jose's favorite singers come from urban music: Nicki Nicole, Nathy Peluso, Wos, Trueno, Rosalía and usted Señálemelo.
Like most children, he has introduced his parents to new rhythms. He made them listen to the young Argentinian trapper Milo J and now his father Joaquín works as musical director of the band of the singer who chose Bizarrap for his Music Session #57.
"We accompany her and we want her to enjoy the music, her present. Let him experience it as a game. When she finishes singing, we want her to play with her doll again," says Julieta, the mother.