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Most people recognize her portrait on sight, but few living people have ever heard her voice.
A recording of what is believed to be the voice of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo surfaced from the National Sound Library of Mexico on Wednesday. The recording is of her reading a poem from the 1950s radio program El Bachiller, according to the Guardian.
Fans of the artist, who died in 1954, tweeted their reactions to hearing what very well may be Kahlo’s voice.
“She sounds as much the queen as i had imagined her to be,” @EmpressPeony said.
She sounds as much the queen as i had imagined her to be.— rosegoldmalia @ E3 Hypetrain (@EmpressPeony) June 13, 2019
So lovely.— Ali Pitargue (@AliPitargue) June 13, 2019
She’s waxing poetic about Diego here, but I became more curious about how she sounds when she’s cursing him. 🤐
I love how she describes her husband. Real, no sugar coating what could be perceived as faults and loving them as they are.— Femme (@FemCondition) June 13, 2019
Despite the excitement of some fans, others are more critical of the recording’s veracity. Some have compared the voice heard to the ones heard on of Google Translate or common Spanish class recordings.
“This sounds like the voice on those Spanish listening test recordings,” @mallory__10 said.
One person also floated the idea of finding someone who had met the artist before.
“Try getting in touch with Elena Poniatowska,” @joeynaborn said. “She was a journalist who interviewed in her youth many of Mexico’s great literary and cultural figures.” (The Daily Dot reached out to Poniatowska for comment and will update this story if we hear back.)
She low key sounds like google translate lol— Tokenbud 🌐 (@Ivan_Wolfie) June 13, 2019
Can’t they get someone who knew Frida on the phone who is still alive and ask them if it’s her voice? @Eponiatowska maybe?— Joey Nabor (@joeynaborn) June 13, 2019
Try getting in touch with Elena Poniatowska. She was a journalist who interviewed in her youth many of Mexico’s great literary and cultural figures. If she can’t confirm it, she might know someone who could.— Joey Nabor (@joeynaborn) June 13, 2019
This sounds like the voice on those spanish listening test recordings— Mallory (@mallory__10) June 13, 2019
Several tweeters thought her voice would be deeper.
“I NEVER expected it to sound like this!”@luuunnnaaa__ said. “I always pictured her with a more robust voice, the complete opposite of this.”
If it really is her voice, I NEVER expected it to sound like this! I always pictured her with a more robust voice, the complete opposite of this.— ‘lina (@luuunnnaaa__) June 13, 2019
I’ve always imagined her with a deeper voice.— Noemí (@PaintedLady22) June 13, 2019
The tumultuous relationship of Kahlo and her husband, the artist Diego Rivera, is the subject of a majority of tweets and can mostly be summed up in this tweet from @Whowantegg: “Can’t tell if she’s being poetic or roasting him.”
Can’t tell if she’s being poetic or roasting him.— Fork knife (@Whowantegg) June 13, 2019
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.