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La Zandunga (also spelled as La Sandunga) is a traditional Mexican song performed in the city of Tehuantepec in Mexico with lyrics written by Máximo Ramó Ortiz in 1853 after his mother passed away. In Disney media, it is featured in the 1944 animated Disney film, The Three Caballeros. The song is entirely sung in Spanish.

Background

In "The Three Caballeros", it is played during the Donald's Surreal Reverie segment where Donald Duck finds himself in a hallucination where he encounters Mexican actress Carmen Molina dancing along with a couple of animated flowers where Donald gets attracted to her. The song ends when it loops into "Jesusita en Chihuahua" where Donald meets Molina in a charro outfit again dancing with a group of animated cacti. While the song is mostly instrumental, the vocals can be heard throughout the song twice.

Lyrics

Chorus: Ay, Zandunga
Zandunga, mamá por Dios
Zandunga, no seas ingrata,
Mamá de mi corazón

(with Donald Duck joining in) Ay, Zandunga
Zandunga, mamá por Dios
Zandunga, no seas ingrata,
Mamá de mi corazón

(continued instrumental verse then cue into "Jesusita en Chihuahua")

Trivia

  • ”Zandunga" is a rarely used world in Spanish language, which could translate as gracefulness, elegance, or celebration.
  • The song can be heard in one scene in the 2017 Pixar film, Coco.

External links


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Disney Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros Logos
Media
Saludos Amigos (Video) (Soundtrack) • The Three Caballeros (Video) (Soundtrack) • Walt Disney anthology seriesHouse of MouseMickey and the Roadster RacersSouth of the Border with DisneyWalt & El GrupoLegend of the Three Caballeros

Books: The Penguin That Hated the ColdThe Three Caballeros Ride AgainThe Magnificent Seven (Minus 4) CaballerosSouth of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
Segments: El Gaucho GoofyAquarela do BrasilPedroLake TiticacaThe Cold-Blooded PenguinThe Flying GauchitoBaíaLas PosadasMexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracuz and AcapulcoDonald's Surreal Reverie

Disney Parks
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three CaballerosIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse Revue

Entertainment: Fashionable EasterLet's Party Gras!Max LIVE: Gettin’ Goofy With ItSoryo Kobu
Restaurants: Mickey & Pals Market Café
Parade: Mickey's Soundsational Parade
Firework: Wonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Goofy's Skeletoons Street Party
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest CelebrationWorld of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Saludos Amigos: Donald DuckPedroMama PlanePapa PlaneAconcaguaGoofyJosé Carioca
The Three Caballeros: Panchito PistolesPabloPenguinsAracuan BirdBurritoFlying GauchitoYayaToy Bull

Members of the Saludos Amigos Artist Tour: Walt DisneyFrank ThomasLee BlairMary BlairNorman Ferguson
Legend of the Three Caballeros: XandraDaisy DuckApril, May, and JuneBaron Von SheldgooseLord Felldrake SheldgooseLeopold the HorribleHumphrey the BearEugenia Ferdinand-FerdinandClinton CootPeteSpike the BeeGaryDapper DuckGeorge WashingtonAbraham LincolnThomas JeffersonTeddy RooseveltKing ArthurMerlin

Episodes
Legend of the Three Caballeros
"Dope-a Cabana" • "Labyrinth and Repeat" • "Pyramid-Life Crisis" • "World Tree Caballeros" • "No Man Is an Easter Island" • "Stonehenge Your Bets" • "Mount Rushmore or Less" • "Nazca Racing" • "Mexico à Go-Go" • "Mt. Fuji Whiz" • "Thanks a Camelot" • "Shangri-La-Di-Da" • "Sheldgoose Square Dance"
Songs
Saludos Amigos: Saludos AmigosAquarela do BrasilTico-Tico no Fubá
The Three Caballeros: BaíaHave You Been to Baía?Pandeiro & FluteOs Quindins de YayáThe Three CaballerosLas PosadasMexicoJarabe PateñoLilongoYou Belong to My HeartLa ZandungaJesusita en Chihuahua
Legend of the Three Caballeros: Moai VacationGoblin JailDraw the Line
Others: We Are The Three CaballerosMy Name is PanchitoPagode na Disney
Locations
South AmericaBrazilMexicoArgentinaChilePeruUruguay
Deleted Concepts
Pluto and the ArmadilloThe Laughing GauchitoCaxangaCuban CarnivalThe Hornero BirdBlame It on the SambaMiguelito Maracas
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