Although Gabriel García Márquez doesn’t specify who the “we” are in the novel, it is assumed that they are Nabo’s slave-owners. They show little interest in his ability to sing, suggesting that they have no intention of getting to know Nabo on a personal level.
“In the beginning, when he first came to the house and we asked him what he could do, Nabo said that he could sing. But that didn’t interest anyone. What we needed was a boy to curry the horses.” (García Márquez 76)
Nabo’s ability to sing shows a great sense of morale despite his current situation. He knows how to “whistle while he works,” and gets through his job quite painlessly by doing so. He doesn’t appear to be miserable at his job and finds great joy in attending the Saturday night music ceremonies with the Negro playing the saxophone. Music is a reoccurring theme throughout this short story. With Nabo’s singing, the black man’s saxophone-playing, and the deaf girls ability to turn the gramophone allude to the inevitable death of Nabo when he is asked join the angel’s choir.