There’s Now a Recording of Frida Kahlo’s Voice?

Jun 13, 2019
1:08 PM

UPDATE, June 19, 2019: From the official Twitter account of Frida Kahlo:

According to outlets like El PAÍS and The Guardian, Mexico’s National Sound Library has made public a recording of what could be Frida Kahlo reading from an essay she called “Retrato de Diego” (“Portrait of Diego”) that was reportedly made in 1953 or 1954 for a pilot episode of the “El Bachiller” radio show.

This is the unedited audio from EL PAÍS:

Here is The Guardian’s video with an English translation:

AFP noted that “while there are many silent films of [Kahlo], the Mexican culture ministry says there are no known audio recordings.”

AFP also reported the following:

“Frida’s voice has always been a great enigma, a never-ending search,” the head of the national audio archives, Pavel Granados, told a press conference at which the ministry unveiled the newly discovered recording.

“Until now, there had never been a recording of Frida Kahlo,” he added.

Who knows whether this is verified or not. It’s still pretty remarkable.

UPDATE, June 15:  The Associated Press reported the following: “The director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Hilda Trujillo, told The Associated Press on Thursday that “there’s still a long way to go” to verify the voice in question.”