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“No le pegue a la negra” – Don´t hit the black lady – Music

Before anyone gets offended, I have to explain that in Latin America it is very normal to call someone  “Negro” or “Negra” which means black man or black lady. This is absolutely not seen as offensive here and a lot of people will probably not even be aware of the discussion this could cause for example in the US.

The population in Colombia ranges from black to white and everything in the middle, mainly due to the Spanish “conquistadores” that took slaves from Africa with them, raped indiginas (native indians) or just had “relationships” with them.

This song talks about that time (around 1600) and the suffering of the slaves in Cartagena (famous city at the north coast of Colombia). This version is from our good friend Juanes in his current tour and when we were there I of course had no clue that it was about something very serious as the song is salsa and therefore sort of uplifting.

To read more about the time of the conquistadores click here.

Btw. put the volume of your speakers a little lower, the video is loud and not the best quality!

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Colombia dominates Latin Grammies 2008!

imagesSince I had not been writing anything for several months, there was no message on the domination of Colombia at the Latin Grammy Awards in November. Juanes went home with five rewards adding to the 12 he already had. He won oa. Record of the year, Album of the year and Best male Pop Vocal. 

The Philharmonic orquestra of Bogota (www.filarmonicabogota.gov.co) won for Best Instrumental album, however it seems that it was Jorge Celedon (www.jorgeceledon.net) that stole the show with his uplifting:  “Que bonita es esta vida” :  “This life is so beautifull”. He did not win any award but roose to international fame overnight anyway.

The song starts about 30 seconds into the video:

Just read the text and it will make your day!

“Me gusta el olor que tiene la mañana
me gusta el primer traguito de café
sentir como el sol se asoma en mi ventana
y me llena la mirada, de un hermoso amanecer.

Me gusta escuchar la paz de las montañas
mirar los colores del atardecer
sentir en mis pies la arena de la playa
y lo dulce de la caña, cuando beso a mi mujer.

Se, se que el tiempo lleva prisa,
pa’ borrarme de la lista, pero yo le digo que

Ay, que bonita es esta vida
aunque a veces duela tanto
y a pesar de los pesares
siempre hay alguien que nos quiere,
siempre hay alguien que nos cuida.
Ay ay ay ay, que bonita es esta vida
y aunque no sea para siempre
si la vivo con mi gente
es bonita hasta la muerte con aguardiente y tequila.

Me gusta escuchar la voz de una guitarra
brindar por aquel amigo que se fue
sentir el abrazo de la madrugada
y llenarme la mirada de otro hermoso amanecer.

Se, se que el tiempo lleva prisa,
pa’ borrarme de la lista, pero yo le digo que.

Ay, que bonita es esta vida
aunque a veces duela tanto
y a pesar de los pesares
siempre hay alguien que nos quiere,
siempre hay alguien que nos cuida.
Ay ay ay ay, que bonita es esta vida
y aunque no sea para siempre
si la vivo con mi gente
es bonita hasta la muerte con aguardiente y tequila.
Ay ay ay ay, que bonita es esta vida
aunque a veces duela tanto
y a pesar de los pesares
siempre hay alguien que nos quiere,
siempre hay alguien que nos cuida.
Ay ay ay ay, que bonita es esta vida
y aunque no sea para siempre
si la vivo con mi gente
es bonita hasta la muerte con aguardiente y tequila.”

Jorge Celedón

Juanes back in Bogota!!

juanesAfter several years of not playing in Bogota, Juanes is in town for four concerts in Coliseo Cubierto, a closed stadium next to the soccer stadium El Campin. My wife was fast with buying the tickets and with some friends we arrived an hour before the show would start. Strangely enough there were no lines at all to get in and it seemed kind of empty walking through the door. Entering the “dome” to find a seat it was clear; everyone was already there except for us. Luckily we found a friend in the middle of the masses that had been waiting since the early afternoon and she arranged 3 seats for the 4 of us.

The show started with a to me unknown artist that introduced herself as Jimena or Ximena. Still nobody seemed to know who she was (except for three girls dancing their asses off)  but later we found out she used to be from a group called Pepa Fresa…ahhhh that one!

After this short but impressing performance it seemed like we were going to be send home. The roadies apparently did not realize that half the city was peeing in their pants of enthusiasm to see their near-god and it took them about 45min. to set up the mic for Juan Esteban (real name). The stadium kept cheering and booing in the meantime, the first to get Juanes to come out and the second because of probably the most annoying marketing campaign of a powder-juice-drink that thought it was a good idea to run the same commercial seriously 43 times on the big screens.

When Juancho finally came to stage, I could even hear the toilet lady scream her lungs out from the back of the building. A superb, highly active and great sounding concert followed with as always a Juanes that cares about his fans, about the people and the country, trying to stay humble and down to earth (which should be hard assignment for him). In the encours he even played some salsa and offered his services as a party band that plays any kind of party music, including vallenato, merenque etc.

Driving home, the only thing that was on the radio was people talking about the concert. A great night!

Juanes!!!!

The biggest artist right now in Colombia for sure is Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez or just simply: Juanes.

Since splitting with his band Ekhymosis, he has come a long way. I remember my brother (after living in Guatemala for a year) told me one day that he was going to a concert of some guy named Juanes, whom was performing (probably for the first time) in Amsterdam. My brother in the middle of mainly Latin people enjoyed a great concert but it took many years to for me to get familiar with his music. Since hooking up with my Colombian lady, I am getting a daily portion of his songs though ;).

My personal favorite is Mala Gente:

Most non-Latins will automatically get the Latin feeling when listing to La Camisa Negra:

Just kidding, this of course was not Juanes…the song has been played so often though that I had to put another version here not to get annoyed myself haha

and to finish one of his newest songs that I hope will make it also to the motherland; Me Enamoras:

Concert: Peace without borders

As you might have seen in the news, a few months ago there was some “discussion” between Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. It seemed to be something mainly at governmental level and it got pushed so far that other countries were pulled into it and some threats of war were even made.

Juanes, besides Shakira probably the most famous artist from Colombian origin for non-Latins, wanted to send a message to our neighbors and unite the people of the three different countries. He invited Ricardo Montaner (Venezuela), Juan Fernando Velasco (Ecuador), Miguel Bosé and Alejandro Sanz (Spain), Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican Republic) and Carlos Vives (Colombia) and organized a free concert on the border of Colombia and Venezuela: “Paz sin fronteras” – Peace without borders.

Carlos Vives put on a great show with his typical Vallenato rhythms:

Pa’Mayte – Carlos Vives

Alejandro Sanz – “No es lo mismo”

While 400.000 people were present at this huge party, we watch at home with my wifes family. A really impresive time in many ways. By now things have calmed down again though, even though some “discussion” will probably continue for a while as politicians always need to have something to say 🙂