3 worlds 1 theme

Posted in principles / discussions /, sones on June 30, 2010 by sonmudanza

3 worlds 1 theme

The symbolic action of self-expression is a vital force that when used appropriately can impact and even retransform societies. Hip-hop and Son Jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico are forms of expression that take action towards creating spaces of resistance against dominant trends. Often these forms of expression, like hip-hop and Son Jarocho are used to communicate consumerist cultural values to further stimulate an already established dominant system such as capitalism. Often within a capitalistic system, which needs creativity and ingenuity to prosper the music and forms of expression of common day folk end up serving as fuel to reproduce capital and establish a dominant ideology. Examples of such a co-optation can be seen on media sources like MTV or by recognized recording artist such as Lil Wayne, 50 cent, or Snoop Dog.

This video is a good example as to what happens when people who use cultural forms like Son Jarocho and hip-hop become aware of the social, economic, and ideological trickeries, threatening their cultural identity and social existence. Within this video we have 3 individuals who grew up in 3 very different parts of the U.S. all 3 people have different forms of cultural expression and all three people in this video use distinct languages to communicate and self –express themes very common to marginalized groups around our country and globally. All three individuals have combined to address concepts of identity, resistance, and culture; they speak of a common mother, a common ideology, and a common root stemming from Africa.

How is it that when mixed, hip-hop and Son Jarocho blend naturally, as if these forms arose from similar influences and historical beginnings? It is absolutely powerful to see the development of unity by forms whose current environmental and cultural context differ significantly, however they are brought together to express a single message of resistance and autonomy, hence the title of this light description 3 worlds 1 theme. All three individuals used specific modes of expression vital to their identities within their own environments. Dakota used rapping a lyrical style of expression in English within hip-hop, Simon used a combination of spoken word, rapping in Spanish, and trova (calling), and Jorge used singing in the poetic form of decima (ten-line poems) traditionally used within Veracruz, Mexico. All three forms completely out of their context combined together in solidarity and resistance to express an alternative perspective to dominance.

Please allow to view the following video, below recorded in Santa Ana, Ca. at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, a Mexican Cultural Center where a hip-hop community and a Son Jarocho community unite to improvise and share realities. Such rare encounters of collaborations tend to express via music a common theme important to many different groups.

3 worlds 1 theme

–        Jorge F. Rodriguez

OUR DIGNITY IS NOT FOR SALE

Posted in principles / discussions / on May 4, 2010 by sonmudanza

SB1070 is indistinguishable from the Jim Crow laws of the 19th and early 20th century, which intentionaly created segregated, powerless, and dehumanized peoples. SB1070 fails to acknowledge this history by, yet again, fostering a second-class citizenry which it achieves through discriminatory race-based legislation and action. This piece pf legislation imposes fear and dehumanizes our communities. It also goeas against life, liberty and the persuit of happiness granted by the United States constitution and the universal declaration of human rights.”

National MEChA (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan)
stance on SB 1070

Art by Jeanette Martín (Member of Son Mudanza & MEChA)

Son Mudanza: US

Posted in principles / discussions / on March 29, 2010 by sonmudanza

guacamaya

Posted in sones, workshops on March 22, 2010 by sonmudanza

quisiera se guacamaya
de la santa barranquera
de la santa barranquera
quisiera ser guacamaya

agarrar tu caballera
y colmarte de besitos
y colmarte de besitos
donde nadie nos viera

vuela vuela vuela
vuela sin parar
como quisiera ser agua
cuando te fueras a bañar

pobresita guacamaya
hay que lastima me da
hay que lastima me da
pobresita guacamaya

se acabaron las pitayas
ahora si que comera
pobresita guacamaya
hay que lastima me da

vuela vuela vuela
vuela palomita
como quieres que vuele
si me cortaron las alitas

vuela vuela vuela
vuela para el rio
pobre guacamaya
tiritirando de frio

quisiera ser guacamaya
pero de las mas azules
pero de las mas azules
quisiera ser guacamaya

para sacarte a pasear
sabado domingo y lunes
sabado domingo y lunes
para sacarte a pasear

vuela vuela vuela
vuela sin parar
como quisiera ser agua
cuando te fueras a bañar

vuela vuela vuela
como yo vole
cuando me llevaban presa
y yo sin saber por que

este pajaro se va
se acabo su temporada
se acabo su temporada
este pajaro se va

algun dia volvera
con las plumas coloradas
con las plumas coloradas
que le estan saliendo ya

vuela vuela vuela
vuela sin parar
la tierra es un paraiso
que nadie sabe cuidar

vuela vuela vuela
vuela palomita
como quieres que vuele
si me cortas las alitas

aguanieves-zapateado

Posted in sones on March 22, 2010 by sonmudanza

anoche estuvimos juntos
platicando en la bajada
hablamos varios asuntos
y no llegamos a nada
por eso yo me pregunto
que contiene tu mirada

para que quiero yo cama
cortinas y pabellones
si no me dejan dormir
tantas imaginaciones

les cantamos aguanieves
que es el son mas desdichado
que se acabe el aguanieves
que se acabe el aguanieves
y que empiece el zapateado
y que empiece el zapateado

colas by son mudanza

Posted in sones, workshops on March 18, 2010 by sonmudanza

uno de estos viernes rehearsing at mecha office:

colas
colas
colas y nicolas
lo mucho que te quiero y el mal palo que me das
si quieres
si puedes
si no ya lo veras
hay que bonito baila la mujer de nicolas

Jarocho! mini-documentary

Posted in principles / discussions / on March 9, 2010 by sonmudanza

We’re are presenting here: “Jarocho!” which is a mini-documentary about the Son Jarocho music that come from Veracruz, Mexico.
This documentary is produced by Quetzal Flores and Directed by Akira Boch.

“Jarocho” es un mini-documental acerca del Son Jarocho originario de Veracruz, Mexico. Este documental esta producido por Quetzal Flores y dirigido por Akira Boch.