Nelly Omar, one of the most famous voices of the Argentine tango turned 101 years old. The event is celebrated in Latin America by the followers of a true living legend of Argentina’s popular music.
Born in the town of Guaminí on September 10, 1911, Nelly began her career in 1924. Her popularity in Argentina and throughout Latin America reached a peak during the 30s and 40s. Nelly Omar, Argentina’s national singer, recorded about 300 songs. Some of her most beloved records were, and still are, "Sur” (South), "Callecita mía” (My little street) and "Sólo para tí” (Just for you). Nelly Omar was banned from the country for more than a decade by the Revolution of 1955 that overthrew the Argentine president Juan Domingo Perón. In 1996 she was declared “Honorary Citizen” of the City of Buenos Aires and “International Tango Ambassador” in 2010.
Last year she celebrated her 100th Anniversary with a successful concert at Luna Park in Argentina's capital, which Digital Journal reported.
Nelly Omar currently lives in the neighborhood of Palermo, in Buenos Aires, and remains active and healthy through the benefits of frequent smiling, singing, and yoga breathing exercises.
El Diario of B. Aires asked Nelly about her method for maintaining lucidness and strength through her amazing longevity. This was her answer, "I feel good about myself by applying the concept “Happy is he who want what he has”. I enjoy what I have and what makes me happy. I don’t need what they want to sell me. To me that means good music, a good book, enough sleep, moderate eating and watching TV as little as possible."
The video below shows Nelly Omar singing at her home in Buenos Aires in October, 2011.