Mexico says it may have recording of Frida Kahlo's voice

Mexico says it may have recording of Frida Kahlo's voice

Mexico says it may have recording of Frida Kahlo's voice

The National Sound Library of Mexico have unearthed what they believe could be the first known voice recording of Frida Kahlo, taken from a pilot episode of 1955 radio show El Bachiller, which aired after her death in 1954.

According to AFP, "and while there are many silent films of [Kahlo], the Mexican culture ministry says there are no known audio recordings". "Frida's voice has been a great enigma...(It has been) a constant search since the Fonoteca started".

A museum employee poses in front of an artwork entitled Self-portrait with Monkeys, Frida Kahlo, 1943, Coyoacan, Mexico, during an exhibition entitled "Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up" at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in west London on June 13, 2018.

Frida Kahlo's celebrated art and iconic unibrowed face are globally recognizable, but her voice was thought to have died with her - until now. "Now we can get to know her through her voice".

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Until Wednesday, that is, when the National Music Library of Mexico released a radio recording, apparently capturing the artist as she was reciting fragments of "Portrait of Diego", a text she wrote in 1949 about her husband, the painter Diego Rivera.

Kahlo married fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera in 1929, and their tumultuous relationship was marred in controversy.

The soft female voice in the recording can be heard saying, "His high, dark, extremely intelligent and big eyes rarely hold still". They nearly come out of their sockets because of their swollen and protuberant eyelids - like a toad's.

Experts will now study the recording to determine whether it really is of Frida Kahlo's voice. The library says more Kahlo recordings could be on 1,300 "Bachelor" tapes that still need to be cataloged and digitized.

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