Previously best-known in Spain for having donkeys as taxis to tackle its narrow streets, the Andalusian village of Mijas now has a greater claim to fame – after the mayor’s wife backed his forthcoming local election campaign by singing a self-penned song outlining his achievements during a council meeting.
Delivered to the tune of a popular Hispanic ballad “Resistire” [“I will survive”], the two-minute song named creating vegetable allotments for the elderly and congratulating them on their birthdays as just two of the highlights of Angel Nozal’s four-year tenure.
Charging “only a euro” for visiting the village is another of the success stories attributed to the mayor, a member of Spain’s ruling Partido Popular (PP) party.
“I will do it again, I will go on voting for you, I want you as mayor for another four years,” the mayor’s wife, Michelle, who has apparently never composed songs before, proudly announced in the chorus. Delivered a capella-style, the performance was both filmed and then promptly uploaded to the internet.
With crucial local elections in May, commentators have claimed the song shows how poorly Spain’s traditional parties like the PP are adapting to modern social media, unlike the new media-savvy, anti-austerity party, Podemos. La Vanguardia, the respected Catalan daily newspaper, said: “It made us cringe with embarrassment, from a distance.”
But the delighted mayor has nonetheless said he is considering using the song as part of his electoral campaign.Reuse content