Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Guajiro

And talking about Cuban punk rock, you shall not forget Guajiro, the Hialeah based band that's rocking South Florida, shaking it to its very foundations....
If you haven't gotten their album yet, you should.
Their thirteen-track album, Material Subversivo is a great piece of punk rock work.
The songs are great, they will make your hair stand on its ends without the help of any gel.
Ok, if you have hair...
If you don't you're gonna get goose bumps, you baldy, calviruchi.
Soy Guajiro, (parts 1 and 2) is a great song about the Cuban identity, with a great edge to it.
If you're not using your Gloria Estefan albums as clay disks for your shooting practice, this is a nice excuse to start doing it. When you are at it, make sure you collect your neighbor's and your family member's and exchange them for Guajiro albums. Yeah, you know me....
Then you have Santa Fe, which we have reviewed individually here and on KillCastro, it talks about the decision of a balsero to leave Cuba, and the video clip is amazing, so go down in this very same blog and watch it.
The rest of the tracks are amazing....
Among the tracks that you'll be humming for a good while (all) y'all will find El Gallo, which is a great powerful song, and of course, La Bandera too, in which they defend the true character of the flag and reject its kidnapping by the tyranny and its goons and thugs. They make very clear that a symbol of nationality is not to be mistaken by a symbol of the tyranny.
They have one song called Dos Principes which is a great parallel between the lifes and death of the rich and poor, I dare to say that it's an musical interpretation of the story of The Prince and the Pauper as told by Jose Marti en la Edad de Oro, and yeah, Will from Guajiro just e-mailed me to say that they took Marti's work and musicalized it.
The album is great, very good, and it will provide you with thinking material if you are questioning the Cuban identity on both sides of the Straits of Death, when you listen to their Spanglish lyrics. The musicianship, and the general sonic result will provide you with a blast of music as the soundtrack of your daily life.

Addendum:

Los dos principes, Jose Marti (La Edad de Oro)
Idea de la poetisa norteamericana Helen Hunt Jackson.

El palacio está de luto
Y en el trono llora el rey,
Y la reina está llorando
Donde no la puedan ver:
En pañuelos de holán fino
Lloran la reina y el rey:
Los señores del palacio
Están llorando también.
Los caballos llevan negro
El penacho y el arnés:
Los caballos no han comido,
Porque no quieren comer:
El laurel del patio grande
Quedó sin hoja esta vez:
Todo el mundo fue al entierro
Con coronas de laurel:
—¡El hijo del rey se ha muerto!
¡Se ha muerto el hijo del rey!

En los álamos del monte
Tiene su casa el pastor:
La pastora está diciendo
“¿Por qué tiene luz el sol?”
Las ovejas, cabizbajas,
Viene todas al portón:
¡Una caja larga y honda
está forrando el pastor!
Entra y sale un perro triste:
Canta allá adentro una voz—
“¡Pajarito, yo estoy loca,
Llévame donde él voló!”:
El pastor coge llorando
La pala y el azadón:
Abre en la tierra una fosa:
Echa en la fosa una flor:
—¡Se quedó el pastor sin hijo!
¡Murió el hijo del pastor!

Now, imagine that poem with a killer tempo, great musicianship, and now you have Jose Marti as both a man of his day and as a contemporary artist!