Arizona Law Inspires Latin Protest Music

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Here at Alt.Latino, we keep our noses not just in the music press/blogosphere, but also in the news.

As we all know, this year's immigration legislation in Arizona has resulted in a whole lot of political controversy. It has also resulted in a flurry of protest and songwriting that reminds me of the passion in the early 1970s against the Vietnam war. (Yes, I'm old enough to remember that firsthand.)

Most notable is Sound Strike, an artists boycott of the state led by Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zach de la Rocha.

In addition to old-school political activism, many musicians have responded to the controversy by writing music. Recently, the Sound Strike website featured a song by Black Eyed Peas vocalist Taboo.

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Musician and songwriter Ry Cooder has a long association with Latin musicians, mostly from Mexico (in the late '70s, he introduced his audience to Mexican- American accordion legend Flaco Jimenez). He recently put pen to paper to express his feelings about the law in words and music. "Quicksand" reflects his own frustration and angst over what he considers a wrong direction in immigration policy.

L.A.-based musicians Marisa Rondstadt and Jeremy Keller turned to YouTube to post their collaboration on the song "Freedom."

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I'm sure we're missing others. What have you heard? Corridos, hip-hop, metal — we're curious to hear it all, so send us the links.

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Músicos Responden a la Nueva Ley de Arizona

Además de cubrir la noticias del mundo de la música, aquí en Alt.Latino también nos preocupan los titulares políticos que nos afectan a todos.

Como ya sabemos, la nueva legislación para controlar la inmigración en el estado de Arizona ha causado muchísima controversia.

Como resultado de la discutida ley, han nacido varios movimientos activistas y canciones de protesta que me recuerdan a la pasión ideológica que existía en 1970 en contra de la guerra de Vietnam (si jovencitos, soy lo suficientemente mayor de edad como para recordar la guerra de Vietnam).

Demonstrators Protest Against AZ Sheriff Arpaio During His Visit To CA
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Entre ellos se encuentra Sound Strike, un boycott  de varios artistas hacia el estado de Arizona, liderado por Zach de la Rocha, vocalista de Rage Against de Machine.

Además del boycott, varios músicos han compuesto canciones que hablan directamente acerca de la ley de Arizona. Recientemente, el sitio web  de Sound Strike presentó esta canción por Taboo, vocalista de los Black Eyed Peas.

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El cantautor Ry Cooder siempre ha colaborado con músicos latinos, predominantemente Mexicanos (a fines de la década del 70 incorporó a su música al legendario acordeonista Flaco Jiménez.) Hace poco Cooder compartió sus opiniones sobre la nueva ley en una nueva canción. “Quicksand” (“Arenas Movedizas”) refleja la frustración y angustia que inspira esta legislación  en el músico.

En Los Angeles, Marisa Rondstandt y Jeremy Keller usaron youtube para publicar su canción de protesta titulada “Freedom” (“Libertad.”)

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Existen muchas otras canciones acerca de este tema. ¿Cuales haz escuchado tu? Corridos, hip hop, metal…cuentanos.

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