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El Cumbanchero
Words and Music by Rafael Hernandez - 1943
English words by Joe Grayhon and George Williams
Part 1:
||: Cm Ab Cm -
- Ab Cm -
-                  Bb Ab            Eb Fm             Cm Fdim         Adim  
G7 - Cm -    (G7 repeat once) :||
Part 2:
C7 - - -
Fm - - -
D7 - - -
G7 - - -      (G7 to Part 1) 
8-beat intro. with 1 lead-in note.  Play 4-beats for each cell, reading from left to right.
Note :  Play Parts as follows:  1121. The whole song repeats one time.
Part 1:
A cum -ba, cum-ba cum - ba, cum - ban - che - ro...
A bon-go, bon-go bon-go, bon-go - ce- ro...
Pri-qui-ti que va so - nan-do elcom -ban- che-ro bon-go se- ro que se va...
Bon-go-se-ro que se va.
Part 2:
Y sue - na asi el tam - bor
Pri-qui-ti bom - bom bam.
Y vuel - ve a re - pi - car
Pri-qui-ti bom - bom bam.
English Translation
Part 1:
A cumba, cumba-cumba, drum-player...
A bongo, bongo bongo, bongo-player...
Pri-qui-ti the sound that it's making when the drum-player that goes by...
Bongo-player that goes by.
Part 2:
And the drum sounds like this
Pri-qui-ti bom - bom bam.
And again he repeats
Pri-qui-ti bom - bom bam.
Listen to Jim and the WineLand Banjo Band play "El Cumbanchero" on Youtube

Arranged by Jim Bottorff
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