Beat Latino with Catalina Maria Johnson

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In the wake of music being forbidden in Mali by the extremist government and punk activist performers Pussy Riot being sentenced to years in jail for their performance, this week’s Beat Latino pays tribute to musician’s voices that have been silenced to due intolerance and fear. We include music that governments, politicians, dictators and religious powers have censured in the Americas and Spain, from Cuba’s Porno for Ricardo’s punk tunes, to music silenced in past decades, like the voice of Chilean poet-activist Victor Jara and the sung poems of Spanish poets Federico García Lorca and Miguel Hernández who died for their art. As one of the songs says, “the voice is gone, but not the song.”

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Si Si Calla El Cantor Mercedes Sosa Pueblo Unido. Universal Latino 2006 03:03
No Pasaran (Directo) Carlos Mejia Godoy Y Los De Palacaguina Abril En Managua (Consierto De La Paz En Centro America). XXX 0 03:42
Guantanamera Ska-reggae Mono Verde Ensamblando Culturas. Mono Verde 2009 06:46
Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina Varios Luaka Bop – The Sounds of Sound. XXX 0 05:00
Cada Macaco No Seu Galho Gilberto Gil Expresso 2222. Universal Latino 2007 04:24
Verde (Album Version) Manzanita De Ayer A Hoy (Disc 1) . Sony Music Media 2000 03:18
Nanas De La Cebolla Sintesis Cuba Le Canta A Serrat – Vol. 2. DiscMedi S.A. 2007 06:07
Que dira el santo padre – VIOLETA PARRA VIOLETA PARRA A Tribute to Che Guevara – Hasta Siempre!. Milan Records 2008 02:52
Fiesta Retro Porno para Ricardo Soy porno, soy popular. La Paja Records 2010 05:42
El Chuchumbre Grupo Mono Blanco Matanga. Round Whirled Records 2009 05:39
Victor Jara’s Blues Big Mama Blues Rooted. DiscMedi S.A 2008 04:28
Cancion De Cuna Para Un Nino Vago Victor Jara Best Of Victor Jara (Remasterd). XXX 0 03:42
Samba Lando Inti-Illimani Antologia: Grandes Exitos en Vivo el Estadio Victor Jara. Tipica/IODA 2009 04:56
El Beso Libanes Javier Limon Mujeres De Agua. Wrasse Records 2011 03:12
Donde estas… Adelita Chabuca Granda Y Chavela Vargas Estrellas del fonografo. RCA Intl 1996 03:01



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