Photo: Gente De Zona (from their Facebook page) | From Yanius Alvarado Matos: I am reaching out to you because our podcast Alt Latino published this amazing piece “Explaining ‘Patria Y Vida,’ The Song That’s Defined The Uprising In Cuba” with an annotated translation of the song. The story analyzes the historical references in the song that is being heard on the streets of Cuba and in demonstrations around the world. I thought your readers might be interested! This week’s podcast episode will be about the same topic, please let me know if you’d like to hear the episode under embargo.
As you know, for more than a decade Alt Latino has covered music, arts and culture in the Latinx community and Latin America, they’ve done previous episodes about the culture of protest music in Latin America, like these Residente’s Favorite Protest Songs and Protest Music That Inspires And Moves.
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By AnaMaria Sayre | Cries for Cuban liberation reverberated throughout the world this past week as protests took over Miami and the Caribbean nation. On both sides of the Florida Strait, one phrase rose above the noise again and again, coming to stand as a unifying cry for the largest uprising in recent Cuban history: “patria y vida,” or homeland and life.
The phrase comes from a hip-hop song of the same name, “Patria y Vida,” released in February as a collaboration between Cuban musicians in exile: Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom of the duo Gente De Zona; Yotuel Romero, founding member of the pioneering cuban hip-hop band Orishas; and singer-songwriter Descemer Bueno. Contributors Maykel Osboro (Castillo) and Eliécer “el Funky” Márquez are both still on the island.
Read AnaMaria’s whole article here: