Shakira and Alejandro Sanz Performing La Tortura

This video clip features Shakira and Alejandro Sanz live on stage together in a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was organized in an event for fund raising in favour of some part of the population with a social disadvantage.
When we present such a kind of songs in this blog, we usually point out the lack of artistry and focus on saleability of these products made by an uniformly dominated international entertainment industry. Since this concert was organized for a ‘good reason’ we will be more indulgent. However, we still think that this entertainment industry is making tons of money which comes from the pockets of the fans and we are convinced that the enterprises and benefitting stars should put this money from their own pockets instead of using a cover of pretended social commitment with the sole interest of making more publicity for their signed ‘artists’ and to distort the image of a personal profit oriented business by making it appear a socially commited enterprise. Something similar happens when the record labels ask youtube to withdraw certain video clips from the world’s most important moving pictures archieve, claiming copyrights and bringing up arguments like they have to protect the interests of their signed artists when in fact these artists usually like to gain more popularity and don’t receive significant royalties.

The Fabulosos Cadillacs Performing their Hit Mal Bicho

This video clip features the band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs performing Mal bicho, one of their most known hits, live on stage in a concert. The band performs an interesting mix of rap with latin elements like the congas and the use of the brass section, as well as the overall latin rhythm.

Here are the lyrics of this song in spanish language, it deals about discrimination, social differentiation and peace for the world:

Vos que andás diciendo
que hay mejores y peores
Vos que andás diciendo
que se debe hacer
Vos que andás diciendo
que hay mejores y peores
Vos que andás diciendo
que se debe hacer
Escucha lo que canto,
Pero no confundir!
Es de Paz lo que canto.
Que me hablás de privilegios
de una raza soberana
Superiores, Inferiores
Minga de Poder!
Como se te ocurre
que algunos son elegidos
y otros son para el descarte
Ambiciones de Poder

Es malo tu destino
Que marcó tu camino?
La canción que es valiente
Es canción para siempre.

Como dijo mi abuela:
“Aquí el que no corre vuela”
Y en el Planeta son tantos
Como pueden ser tantos?
En la escuela nos enseñan a memorizar
Fechas de batallas
Pero que poco nos enseñan de Amor
¡Discriminar!, eso no esta nada bien
Ante los ojos de Dios Todos somos iguales
Sos el que hace las guerras
Dicta falsas condenas
El que ama la violencia
Que no tiene conciencia (nunca piensa, nunca piensa,
no cuida ni su alma, ¡Mambo!)

¡Mal bicho!
Todos te dicen que sos
Mal bicho
Así es como te ves
Mal Bicho
… 3x

¿Por qué vas lastimando
a quién se ve distinto?
Imponiendo Posturas
Siempre con mano dura.

¡Mal bicho!
Todos te dicen que sos
Mal bicho
Así es como te ves
Mal Bicho
¡Mal bicho!
… 3x

Vos tenés pal’ Abrigo
Otros mueren de frío
Sos el que anda matando
El que va torturando…

¡Mal bicho!
Todos te dicen que sos
Mal bicho
Así es como te ves
Mal Bicho

– Sí

Yo no voy
A la guerra
A la violencia
A la injusticia
Ni a su codicia…

Digo NO!!!
Paz en el mundo!!

Traditional Chinelo Music and Dance from the Mexican State of Morelos

This video clip shows some traditional dance music from the central mexican state of Morelos, about 80 km south of Mexico City. The music is played by marching bands and consists of short phrases which are played over and over again while the dancers walk jumping through the streets. At a certain moment, the flow of the music will be interrupted by a long note usually played by the trumpets. At the end of the long note, another frenetic melody starts and is played again and again until the next long note on the trumpets.
This scheme will be performed for hours and is a challenge for dancers and musicians. It can lead to a state of trance. Consider that the parades usually happen under the burning sun of central Mexico and that the costumes of the dancers are of heavy fabric. The participants sure need to drink a lot of beer during the parades …

Javier Nandayapa Trio Performing Jugando en la lluvia and Autismo

Check this video clip of the Javier Nandayapa Trio performing the songs Jugando en la lluvia (Playing in the rain) and Autismo (Autism). Javier Nandayapa is playing the marimba and is also the bandleader while the compositions or arrangements are by Jesús Martínez who is playing the piano.
Javier Nandayapa was born in the state of Chiapas in Southern Mexico as a son of a traditional marimba playing family. The marimba is the most popular instrument in this mexican state and every village has its own marimba orchestra, sometimes several marimba orchestras. The groups are playing on different marimbas or they are using one giant marimba which they play all together.
In this concert, the Javier Nandayapa Trio performs compositions that clearly show the influence of the traditional southern mexican folk music as well as jazz and serial music influences. Javier Nandayapa performs solo concerts as well as he is playing in different groups. One of these groups is Marimba Nandayapa which is a group with some family members dedicated mostly to traditional mexican music but also counting with tunes from other areas like The Fly of the Bumblebee or the Huapango by the famous mexican composer Moncayo.
If you like to listen to some more video clips with traditional and modern marimba music feel free to visit the page at fiesta-musical.com .

Latin Music Lesson by Rebeca Mauleon Teaching the Clave Concept

Rebeca Mauleon is dedicated to music and teaching it, giving private lessons as well as clinics and master classes. She specially likes afro-carribbean music and has been teaching about it in many universities and colleges around the world. She is a writer too and her “critically acclaimed books on Latin music have been adopted into the programs of such prestigious institutions as the Berklee College of Music in Boston and Stanford University”.
In this video, Rebeca talks about and demonstrates the clave concept which is present in all latin music styles. It is played originally by the instrument with the same name, clave, which consists of two wood sticks, one hitting the other, in a very basic pattern. This pattern counts with two bars, having two beats in one bar and three beats in the second bar (or the other way around). Notice that the time is 4/4, not 5/4!