“One more day is already a miracle, with so many vicissitudes that happen. We have to be very grateful, ”says Esther Dávila ‘Bartola’ as soon as she answers the phone and describes herself as“ extremely Catholic ”. The Creole singer overcame Covid-19 and returns to the stage this Thursday at the Gran Teatro Nacional. He says it’s about “honoring” an opportunity. “Even today, we don’t know what solidarity, friendship means. In these times of such sensitivity, we are meeting as human beings and that is the most important thing. Honoring life is not silence or consent, it is not to say that things did not happen ”.
He turns 51 on stage, with a career in which he had difficulties, he points out, but “no more” than any other. “Although I have gone in ascendancy, I am not a megastar, I am a well-known artist, nothing more. Without bragging about anything ”. You are now finishing the mixing and mastering of your next album. “They call us teachers over the years (laughs). They are years standing on a stage trying to teach. But really, the only thing we give is the joy of saying that we are Peruvian, making Peruvian culture and delivering Creole music, that is our greatest legacy ”.
Bartola tells us that when the conditions are met, he will sing in peñas again. “And it is not because I feel more or less, for me there is no bad scenario or small scenario, I return because there is youth. Although they sing four or five well-known songs, let them learn them well and look for more songs tomorrow. That for me is already winning ”.
She says she served a strict quarantine in 2020, but she and her family were still infected this year. “I would come out to see my father from the bars, to hold our hands. But unfortunately this year he got sick, he had a heart attack. He died of 92 years, he could not bear the operation. We had a private wake, but my father is very dear here, in Barranco, he has been butler of the Lord of Miracles. So people waited for him, they paid tribute to him. Go figure! How to refuse that! But that’s when some relatives and I acquired this virus. I had a very bad time ”.
The singer talks about her singleness and comments that she has dedicated her time and achievements to her family. “My father and mother have been my children, they have been my life and they always will be. When they are finally gone, they have been my babies. I was married, I had no children, unfortunately, and if God decided that I was not going to be a mother, I have nothing to say to him. Very important things have been entrusted to me, such as helping my family to get ahead. I am more than grateful and I don’t have to spend my time speculating on people and what they may say. I live very happy. I know what I am and I know what I have. I love to be like I am”.
Bartola considers herself “apolitical” and that, due to criticism, “prefers” not to express an opinion. “But I am one of the people who puts the shoulder. For the strongest time of the pandemic we have been with the paramedics delivering lunches. Each Peruvian, from his trench, must fight with soul, heart and life so that this improves. In times of crisis, he argues that art and communication are more than important. “I have sat in front of my IPad and I have sung a cappella many, many nights because I know how necessary music is for those who are lonely or need encouragement. I have not stopped, and at no cost. I have even talked and given them a recipe for a Creole dish (laughs). Here I am”.
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