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Canciones de Protesta

NPR did a great review of Latin American protest songs on Alt.Latino a couple of years back. It’s been rocking my morning.

Molotov’s “Gimme tha Power” is one of my favorites on the playlist:

Listen to the whole show if you can (50 minutes) – it provides some great food for thought regarding the role of musicians/artists in social justice movements, and includes an impressive range of artists from all over Latin America and spanning across decades. Beware of explicit language.

My theme song for today – give it a listen!

 

 

 She carries news travels by rainbow,
bearer of peace with a message for all,

today you’ll dance, you’ll share each other,
elders will stumble, the babies will crawl.

Put down your weapons, put down your chosen ones,
put on your best clothes, stand straight and tall.

Don’t give up on your desire, I can understand your thirst,
Put another one before you, help someone else first.

Today is a day for someone else,
today is a day for someone else,
today is a day for someone else,
this moment is yours
and you can give it to someone else.

Put down your weapons, put down your chosen ones,
leave expectations at the door,
you are your brother,
you are your sister,
communication, start giving more,

Don’t stop believing,
continue to give praise,
your exaltation is a good thing,
just take those teachings,
the ones of light of celebration,
and start to sing.