Inti-Illimani Histórico – Llanto de luna (Crying Moon)

Chilean instrumental and vocal folk music ensemble Inti-Illimani Histórico performs Llanto de luna (Crying Moon), a “bolero” (1) by the popular the Cuban music director, pianist, composer and arranger Julio Gutiérrez (January 12, 1918 – December 15, 1990). Live performance from their 2006 album named “Esencial”.

And here is the original “La Orquesta de Julio Gutiérrez” version below, from the 1968 album named “Instrumentales para ti”:

Another popular version of the song, by Tito Rodríguez (January 4, 1923 – February 28, 1973), the popular 1950s and 1960s Puerto Rican singer and bandleader.


Llanto de luna en la noche sin besos
de mi decepción
Sombras de penas, silencios de olvidos
que tiene mi hoy.

Llaga de amor que no puede sanar
si me faltas tú.

Ebria canción de amargura
que murmura el mar.

¿Cómo borrar
esta larga tristeza
que deja tu adiós?
¿Cómo poder
olvidarte si dentro,
muy dentro estás tú?

¿Cómo vivir así
en esta soledad
tan llena de ansiedad
de ti? (bis)

Moon crying in the night without kisses
my disappointment
Shadows of penalties, silences of forgetfulness
having me today.

Plague of love that can not heal
If you miss me.

Drunk song of bitterness
that he Mumbles the sea.

How to erase
This long sadness
do you leave your goodbye?
How power
forget if inside,
deep inside are you?

How to live well
in this solitude
so full of anxiety
for you? (bis)

Inti-Illimani is an instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble from Chile. The group was formed in 1967 by a group of university students and it acquired widespread popularity in Chile for their song Venceremos (We shall win!) which became the anthem of the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende. At the moment of the September 11, 1973 Chilean coup they were on tour in Europe and were unable to return to their country where their music was proscribed by the ruling military junta. In Europe their music took on a multifarious character, incorporating elements of European baroque and other traditional music forms to their rich and colourful Latin American rhythms – creating a distinctive fusion of modern world music. They are perhaps the best internationally known members of the nueva canción movement. Their name means ‘Sun of the Illimani’ in Aymara. Illimani is the name of a mountain in the Bolivian Andes. They influenced Yeni Türkü, a Turkish group, during their debut album, Buğdayın Türküsü (Song of Wheat) in 1979. Also their name was derived from “Nueva canción” (“New Song” in Spanish), the music style of Inti Illimani.

In the past the group was musically led by Horacio Salinas and politically led by Jorge Coulon. However, in 2001 there was a controversial split of the group, which started when three key members left the group (José Seves, Horacio Durán and Horacio Salinas). They were replaced by Manuel Meriño (from Entrama), Cristián González and Juan Flores. Due to the importance of departed members, many called into question the ability of the remainder to carry on the Inti-Illimani name. Meanwhile, the three departed members started their own group they call Inti-Histórico. From 2005 there are two groups:

  • Inti-Illimani New (Coulon brothers)
  • Inti-Illimani Histórico (José Seves, Horacio Durán and Horacio Salinas)


  1. Bolero is a genre of slow-tempo Latin music and its associated dance. There are Spanish and Cuban forms which are both significant and which have separate origins.