- Category: Culture
- Created on Saturday, 30 May 2009 07:44
- Written by Pablo Milanés
Kasama received the following from Miles Ahead.
After weeks of many parts of Mexico being literally shut down and shut tight because of the Swine Flu, Pablo Milanés performed for the people in an open concert. Thousands attended, but the in-person numbers were limited by the government, thus thousands more watched him on TV, “en vivo.”
What was particularly poignant about this event was, most knew every word of his songs, and you could see their mouths moving in unison behind their donned “cobrebocas.”
And it was clear that in what has been an overwhelmingly stifling and grim environment, the people needed to hear and participate in this concert, their culture, their music, to which they identify with so closely.
Pablo Milanés is Cubano—loved and revered by the people. His songs are in the nueva trova style, a combination of both folk music/folklore with progressive and politicized lyrics. He is a true internationalist and has consistentlybeen involved (with other artists worldwide, e.g. Gabriel García Marquez) in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.
Musically, there is a strong internationalist trend among los mexicanos . The annual International Music Festival draws thousands, with a focus on a different country or culture. Some of the most popular groups have come from Brazil , Cuba , the Harlem Jubilee Gospel singers (NY), Turkey , Japan , the Philippines , or South Africa , highlighting Hugh Masakela. Pablo Milanés’ music encorporates that same spirit.
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