Remembering Facundo Cabral

Lovers of Latin American music are mourning the murder of Facundo Cabral, the Argentine folk and protest singer shot and killed in Guatemala Saturday.

It's not clear why he was gunned down and his concert promoter may have been the target, according to some news reports. Still it's a terrible and ironic death for a man who was called a "messenger of peace" by the United Nations.

"Violence has become globalized. The violence...is a stupidity," Cabral told the Prensa Libre newspaper in a 2009 interview in Spanish. "Pope John Paul II said we had to globalize the solidarity. We are all brothers, and we live so much better when we respect each other."

You also can link to this interview he did about his music and life for Argentine television.

In homage to this great artist I'm posting a video of one of his most famous songs 'No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá."

 

I also translated an excerpt of the lyrics into English of this song "I'm Not From Here, Nor Am I From There.".

I like the sun, Alicia and the doves
a good cigar and the Spanish guitar
to jump walls and open the windows

and when a woman cries

I like wine as much as flowers
and rabbits, but not tractors

home-made bread and the voice of Dolores
and the ocean wetting my feet

I'm not from here, nor am I from there
I have no age, no future
and being happy is my color
of identity

I like being spread out always on the sand
and on a bicycle chasing Manuela
with all the time to see the stars
with Maria in the wheat field

I'm not from here, nor am I from there
I have no age, no future
and being happy is my color
of identity

Me gusta el sol, Alicia y las palomas
el buen cigarro y la guitarra española
saltar paredes y abrir las ventanas

y cuando llora una mujer

Me gusta el vino tanto como las flores
y los conejos, pero no los tractores

el pan casero y la voz de Dolores
y el mar mojandome los pies

No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá
no tengo edad, ni porvenir
y ser feliz es mi color
de identidad

Me gusta estar tirado siempre en la arena
y en bicicleta perseguir a Manuela
con todo el tiempo para ver las estrellas
con la María en el trigal

No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá
no tengo edad, ni porvenir
y ser feliz es mi color
de identidad

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  • Great messenger of peace. Thanks

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