Saturday, June 2, 2012

Como el Filo del Machete: Songs of the struggle for Puerto Rican Independence, Sung by Andrés Jiménez (Paredon Records, 1978)

Oye, Boricua, yo te canto esta canción: Viva la Patria, Viva la Revolución!

"...sung by Andrés Jiménez, widely recognized as the foremost singers [of the Independence Movement in Puerto Rico] and the only in his generation to use "jibaro" or traditional mountain music style.  These songs delineate the hard life of the peasant, the patriotism and love of their fellow countrymen in the hearts of every Puero Rican, the contrast between rich and poor on the island, and the rebellious spirit of a people too long held in colonial bondage by U.S. imperialism."

I've included images of the illustrated booklet containing complete translations, biography, political notes, and a list of publication, books, and other resources.

Amigos this is my first vinyl rip and I'm pretty damn proud of myself.  I just want to say, if you haven't done this yourself, please consider giving a muchas gracias whoever you pull musica from here on the webs...this stuff is time consuming to say the least.  Much respect to those of you who offer up quality ish on such a frequent basis, you know who you are.  Please give me any feedback on the rip.

Back to the music, this is the first time I've come across the Paredon Records catalog.  Needless to say, I'm definitely on the hunt for more from these guys.  "Songs, music, poetry, speeches, documents of class struggle, natioanl liberation, women's emancipation and democratic rights" - Paredon.

Omar Souleyman live @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, June 1st, 2012


Stay tuned for new posts, including my first vinyl rips.  Hoping to have the first offering up later today.