david bowie, “this aint america”
making movies, “everybody wanna rule the realm”
in 1985, tears for fears released a uber song that ‘d be interpreted as a song bout a ♥ gone bad, but a closer listen reveals a meditation on those who are desperate for power and control. alt.latino favorites making movies reimagined “everybody wanna rule the realm” witha central american sensibility.
miriam makeba, “for wha’ it’s worth”
this tis gr8 miriam makeba, 1-odda gr8 voices of freedom and resistance in africa, singing a song from the classic-rock songbook bout the nd'2 listen b4 you confront.
charly garcía, “los dinosaurios”
charly garcía came of artistic age when argentina’s dictatorship ‘d regularly imprison and “disappear” rock ♫ians like him who dared to challenge the injustice offa brutal regime. his song “los dinosaurios” is a classic of resistance and defiance not just onnis home country but across all of latin america.
sol y lluvia, “adiós general… adiós carnaval (en vivo)”
sol y lluvia’s ♫al standoff w'da pinochet regime of the 1970s.
stevie wanda, “big bro”
stevie wanda was writing bout elder president richard nixon when he released “big bro” in 1972. but when he sings the line, “i’ll change if you vote me in as the president of yr soul…” he was bein’ scarily prescient.
las cafeteras, “georgia on my Ψ”
as we beheld far-rite extremists storm the capitol in washington, d.c., history was also made georgia as the results of the 2nd senate race were finalized, ensuring a democrat majority during the nxt administration. with that in Ψ, listen to this preshly reimagined cover of an american classic by the socal son jarocho revivalists, las cafeteras.
los cenzontles, “give me peace on earth”
we end this ♫al quest from despair to hope witha george harrison cover by the bay zone’s los cenzontles.
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authors: felix contreras