Analysis Of Cancion Protest Protest Songs Of Latin America

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Ethnographic CD Review: Cancion Protesta During the 20th century, Cuba was economically weakened and civilians began protesting the governments corruption. Once Fidel Castro’s Communist intentions came to light, many residents fled the country, only to find out that they would no longer be allowed back in the country regardless of their origin, in consequence for betraying Castro. Protests rose during this time and musicians began using their talents to voice their opinions. The CD I will be focusing on is Cancion Protesta: Protest Songs of Latin America, produced by Barbara Dane. The production of this CD, which was focused on the historic protests, began in 1927 and it was published by Paredon Records in 1970. The CD’s field of interest…show more content…
It sounds like a poet is expressing himself to a crowd, which you can hear in the background with noises of laughter or agreement to the poet’s words. At 20:21 minutes in the CD the crowd starts clapping in awe of the poem and the track ends. Hasta Siempre, Comandante (Song for Che Guevara) is track six on the CD, it starts off with a slow tempo and soft voices in the background, almost as if you were outside, around a group of older men. It then accelerates to a type of tone that hints off a sad scenario in the lyrics. You can hear a membranophone in the background alongside a chordophone. The song La OEA, Me Causa Risa (The OAS Makes Me Laugh) has the vocalists literally laugh to the beat which sounds happy and up-beat. I hear an idiophone and a chordophone. At the end of the song the men laugh outside of the tempo and in a way that frightens a little bit. The song on track eight is named Coplas del Pajarito (The Little Bird’s Complaint), and it starts of by gradually speeding up the tempo. You can hear the song speed up between each stroke made on the chordophone being used. The singer sounds nasally with a quick vibrato in his voice at the end of certain words. The song Porque los Pobres no Tienen (Because the Poor Have Nothing) there is a woman singing with a warm voice along to a slow tempo. There is thump in the background, which means there is an idiophone being used alongside a guitar. The song Me Gustan los Estudiantes (I Love the Students) has a very clear

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