Oct. 12, 1492 – Christopher Columbus stumbled upon a new world but believed he really only used a new route to the East Indies. Día de la Raza, National Day of Spain, is celebrated by Spain and Latin American countries. I decided since it’s Hispanic Heritage Month for a few more days that this is what I wanted my select-a-set theme to be (mostly another way to celebrate hispanic culture in this country).
Columbus and his discovery are clearly controversial and for good reason. I don’t want to celebrate the travesties that occurred after his discovery but rather the rich cultures that would develop from the mixing of Spanish and native blood. Many of the Latin American counties have different names for this day, all indicating the celebration of culture and diversity. While Columbus and his discovery factory in, it’s about realizing the benefits that have since come from those two worlds meeting. I always choose to celebrate music and latin music is “chillingly” good.
First – Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga.” Is there a better example of the Cuban beat? Fabulous, fun tune.
Second – more Los Lobos. This is one of my favorites – “La Pistola y El Corazon.” Just a beautifully sad love song. Even if you don’t understand the language, the heartache is felt in how he sings this song. Love it!
Finally, Santana featuring Alejandro Lerner on “Hoy Es Adios.” Another incredibly sad, but achingly beautiful song. I used one that had the English translation. In the comments, it’s mentioned the translation is a little too literal so perhaps some of the artistry is lost but you get the idea. Fabulous song!
These are just examples of some of our best Latin American artists. There are so many more and so many that most of this country doesn’t ever hear. It’s worth checking out Latin artists as they have much to offer!