A song written for Mexican farm workers recorded by nearly 100 North American artists, never crossed the border

Pete Seeger and Mercedes Sosa, 1983 @ El Taller Latino Americano
Pete Seeger and Mercedes Sosa, 1983 @ El Taller Latino Americano

In 1982 Pete Seeger and Mercedes Sosa christened El Taller’s concert venue as the Parra/Guthrie auditorium, honoring the life and work of Violeta Parra  and Woody Guthrie – both of whom travelled throughout their respective countries in order to learn and preserve the tradition of “folk” song in their cultures. Their commitment to learning and listening is the inspiration for El Taller’s “Casa de Musica”. This is just one illustration of the respect that these world famous musicians showed toward the musical heritage of their own continents and of others.

Deportee: A song written for Mexican immigrants, that never crossed the border

This is a clip of the last time Pete Seeger sang Deportee (Beacon, NY October 2013)

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SICLA: Luis Mejia Godoy


Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy (19 de febrero, 1945 en Somoto, Departamento de Madriz) es uno de los más importantes cantautores nicaragüenses. Pertenece a una familia con tradición musical, su padre era músico y su hermano Carlos Mejía Godoy es también un renombrado músico. Participó activamente en el período de gobierno sandinista (1979-1990) con responsabilidades en él. Su obra, de contenido altamente social, es muy importante en la historia de la música de Nicaragua.
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Festival SICLA (La Semana de Integracíon Cultural Latinoamericana) Peru, 1986

SICLA April 6-15, 1986

SICLA poster, 1986
SICLA poster, 1986

SICLA, Semana de Integración Cultural Latina Americana, was a festival in Lima, Peru (1986) to celebrate the election of Alan Garcia and to bring together representatives of literature, visual arts, film, dance and music with the goal of uniting the people of the Americas.

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Taller People: Abram Alberto “El Llanero”

ABRAM ALBERTO IZARRAGA

Abram Alberto, 2008 foto: j. maya luz
Abram Alberto, 2008 foto: j. maya luz

La parte mas “visible” de nuestra cultura coincide con los premios académicos y las modas del mercado, pero realmente se asienta en el trabajo y la creatividad de poetas y musicos populares casi desconocidos.

En la creación de nuestra identidad colectiva Abram Alberto Izarraga alias “El Llanero” es uno de ellos.

The most outstanding aspects of our culture coincide with academic recognition and  fluctuating market fashions, but that culture in reality is sustained by the work and creativity of musicians and poets virtually unknown. They are the makers of our collective identity. Abram Alberto, a.k.a. “El Llanero”,  is one of them. Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Alberto Carrión

De la Isla del Encanto, el tesoro del canto:
Luis Palés Matos, Alberto Carrión y Lucecita Benítez

From the Island of Enchantment, the treasure of song:
Luis Palés Matos, Alberto Carrión,  Lucecita Benitez

Alberto Carrión
Alberto Carrión

Puerto Rico, la isla del encanto podría ser llamada la tierra del canto. La canción puertorriqueña viniendo de uno de los espacios geográficos mas pequeños de las Américas llena un espacio inmenso en el repertorio del canto popular del continente.

Puerto Rico, the “Island of Enchantment” could also be called the “lsland of Song”. Puerto Rico is geographically smaller than most of the other countries of the Americas, yet it is strange that a small island has provided such a significant number of “classics” in the Latin American repertoire of popular songs. Continue reading

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