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La flor de la canela

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La flor de la canela

Unofficial National anthem of  Lima
Also known asThe Cinnamon Flower
LyricsChabuca Granda, 7 January 1950
MusicChabuca Granda, 7 January 1950

"La flor de la canela", commonly translated to the English language as "The Cinnamon Flower", is a vals criollo song, composed by the Peruvian singer-songwriter Chabuca Granda.

The song was first recorded in 1950 by the musica criolla trio Los Morochucos. However, it would be the 1953 version recorded by Los Chamas, another musica criolla ensemble, that would bring the song and Chabuca Granda widespread notability in Spain and Latin America with over 600 versions of the song being available.[1]

Since then, the song has become an unofficial anthem for Lima, the capital of Peru.[2]

Other versions

Notable covers

In 2013, Peruvian singer-songwriter Gian Marco recorded a cover which served as the lead single for his album Versiones.[3] His version helped the album be cerfied gold in Perú and became nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year.[4] Gian Marco performed the song at the Latin Grammy Awards that year.[5]

In 2016, Panamanian singer Rubén Blades released a salsa version of the song for the album A Chabuca.[6] The following year, his version received a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.[7]

In 2020, Peruvian group Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra released a cover featuring Lorenzo Ferrero for their album Tradiciones.[8] Their version was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Arrangement.[9] The arrangement was made by Peruvian saxophonist, composer, and arranger Lorenzo Ferrero won the award for it.[10]

Other covers

The song has been recorded by a series of other artists such as Amalia Mendoza, Flor Silvestre, Irma Dorantes, Yma Sumac, Lucha Reyes, Eva Ayllón, María Dolores Pradera, Tania Libertad, Julio Iglesias, Raphael, Menudo ( famous Puerto Rican boyband ), Plácido Domingo, Raúl di Blasio, Juan Diego Florez (under conductor Gustavo Dudamel), El Puma, and Caetano Veloso.[11]


Year Awards Ceremony Category Result
2017 Latin Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
2020 Latin Grammy Awards Best Arrangement Won


  1. ^ "7 datos que debes conocer sobre La flor de la canela". 21 July 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  2. ^ "70 años de "La Flor de la Canela": la historia de la canción que Chabuca Granda le compuso a una vieja amiga". 3 September 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  3. ^ "La flor de la canela LETRA - Gianmarco". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  4. ^ Khoshaba, Christy (November 21, 2013). "Latin Grammys 2013: The complete list of winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Narro, Enrique (21 November 2013). "Grammy Latino 2013: Gian Marco cantó La flor de la canela". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Rubén Blades rinde tributo a Chabuca cantando 'La flor de la canela'". 19 December 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  7. ^ Alvarez, Renzo (26 September 2017). "Latin Grammy | Rubén Blades nominado por 'La Flor de la Canela'". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Latin Grammy 2020: los peruanos que buscarán ser galardonados". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Peruano Lorenzo Ferrero gana Grammy Latino a Mejor Arreglo por "La flor de la canela"". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  11. ^ "La Flor de la Canela: Versiones de la popular canción de Chabuca Granda". 11 January 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
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