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!!

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Bolibana Hip Hop Song by NeedOne from African Country Mali

This music video clip shows music from Africa. It is not the original african polyrhythmic sound, instead it shows some african rap music. Very interesting example of how music forms part of the culture and how globalization and modern communication in general contribute to create a ‘global identity’ with products acceptable all around the world.
Mali is known for its rhythmic variety that combines several different beats over the same time, so to say. Let’s say they traditionally combine a waltz in 3/4 with a swing in 4/4 which is played slightly faster so that the first count of each bar has the first beat of the waltz and of the swing at the same moment while for the rest of the bar both rhythms have no coincidence.
Now listen to the music from this video clip and see that the 4/4 hip hop beat has taken over. If it wouldn’t be for the instruments and melodies in the background, you could say that this music is from New York or any other north american city.
However, this song still speaks about social issues, Bolibana is a slum in Bamako, the capital of Mali, a West African country. The artist NeedOne grew up there and the video shows pictures of it. We don’t understand the lyrics themselves, but we’re sure the words talk about several issues related to the life in the slums all over the world where people pay the toll for others to live in nice neighbourhoods with fancy cars and other privilleges.
Fot those of you who want to learn more about hip hop and rap music, we recommend to visit this page with more videos of hip hop and rap artists as well as domcumentary videos about this new communication channel.