Frida Kahlo’s Former Students Deny Claims That The Recording Thought To Be Her Voice Is Actually Hers
Earlier this month, the National Sound Library of Mexico announced they had discovered the only known recording of the artist’s voice. Media outlets and Kahlo fans around the world were ecstatic about the audio thought to have captured Kahlo reading a portion of her essay about her husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera.
Now, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s relatives and former students have come forward to dismiss claims that the discovered recording could be her voice.
Last week fans of the artist were enthused to find out last week that researchers in Mexico had discovered an audio recording of Frida Kahlo, but now people that knew her well are saying that voice in the recording is not her at all.
“The thing is, I don’t recognize the voice,” Guillermo Monroy Becerril, a former student of Kahlo’s, told the Spanish news agency Efe. “The first time I met her, I noticed she was a woman with a very sweet, cheerful voice … Frida’s real voice was very lively, charming, and cheery. It wasn’t serious or smooth or delicate … it was crystal clear.”
Kahlo’s descendants have also questioned the origins of the recording.
In a statement, member’s of the artist’s family said: “As far as Kahlo family knows, there are no records of Frida’s voice.”
Another person is claiming the voice in that recording is her and not Kahlo.
Mexican actress Amparo Garrido, who did the voice of Snow White in the 1960s for a dub recording in Spanish, said, according to The Guardian, “I feel it’s me and have for a while. I recorded various things for El Bachiller … I’m almost absolutely sure that I recorded this one.” Her daughter agrees, “I immediately heard the voice of my mother.”
The library researches who found the audio recording in the first place said they are still investigating the file to find out the origin.
Why did we get our hopes up for nothing?!
The New York Times reports that the National Sound Library will meet with Garrido to see if her voice matches that of the Kahlo recording and will test out other voices from actresses in Mexico from that era as a process of elimination.
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