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Margarita Pracatan

Margarita Pracatan is a Cuban novelty singer, who found success in the 1990s when Clive James had her perform live on his TV show on numerous occasions.[1] Radio DJ Martin Kelner also played her frequently on his BBC Night Network and BBC Radio 2 programmes.

Pracatan's father was a union leader in Cuba.[2] She began singing at home when she was three years old.[2] She worked in a store selling men's underwear while singing at night.[2] She is divorced with one daughter.[2]

James showed clips of her heavily Hispanic-inflected performances of pop hits (including Lionel Richie's Hello and New York, New York) on his BBC series Saturday Night Clive.[1] According to her website, Clive James discovered her Manhattan public-access television cable TV program in 1994 and invited her to the UK to appear on his show.[1] He sweet-talked her into believing he was serious, and she signed up. Not once on the show did he make it overt that he knew what he was doing,[clarification needed] but his introductions to her end-of-show performances contained teasing irony.[clarification needed] James said of Pracatan, "She never lets the words or melody get in her way. She is us, without the fear of failure."[1]

Pracatan has toured in the United Kingdom and Australia,[2][3] appearing as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, during the mid-1990s.

Pracatan appeared in an episode of Real Housewives of New York City in 2019, performing a cover version of Luann de Lesseps’s “Money Can’t Buy You Class”.


  1. ^ a b c d KENDALL, PAUL (May 10, 2009). "whatever happened to... Margarita Pracatan". The Sunday Telegraph. p. 54.
  2. ^ a b c d e GREENSTREET, ROSANNA (May 3, 1997). "Lastword: The Questionnaire: Margarita Pracatan". The Guardian. p. T.065.
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