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Guest DJ Agustín Lira: Struggles And Hope

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Guest DJ Agustín Lira: Struggles And Hope

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The farm-worker movement that took place in the agricultural fields of California in the early 1960s inspired a generation of Latino activists around the country — and with them, musicians and artists of all kinds.

One such singer was a young Agustín Lira, who helped organize farm workers not with speeches and meetings, but with music and theater (teatro). Side by side with playwright and director Luis Valdez, Lira used agitprop theater and Mexican and American folk songs forms to spread the word about strikes and boycotts and to encourage workers to join the fledgling farm workers' union.

History has justified the vision of labor leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, while the music created around their movement has formed the backbone of Lira's five-plus decades in music.

Along with Patricia Wells Solórzano, Lira and his trio, Alma, are continuing la lucha (the fight) for social justice on the road and on their new album, Songs Of Struggle And Hope. A quick glance around the country these days will show there are still plenty of wrongs to protest — and a good protest could always use some great songs.

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01What's Happening, People (Quihubo, Razo)

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    What's Happening, People (Quihubo, Razo)
    Album
    Songs Of Hope And Struggle
    Artist
    Agustín Lira
    Label
    Smithsonian Folkways
    Released
    2016

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What's Happening, People (Quihubo, Raza)

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  • by Agustín Lira

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Songs Of Hope And Struggle
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Agustín Lira
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Released
2016

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15Be Free Like The Wind (Ser Como El Aire Libre)

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    Be Free Like The Wind (Ser Como El Aire Libre)
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    Songs Of Hope And Struggle
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    Agustín Lira
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    Smithsonian Folkways
    Released
    2016

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Be Free Like The Wind (Ser Como El Aire Libre)

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2016

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03Yo No le Tengo Miedo a Nada [Live]

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    Yo No le Tengo Miedo a Nada [Live]
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    Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement
    Artist
    Various Artists
    Label
    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
    Released
    2005

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Yo No Le Tengo Miedo A Nada

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Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement
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Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement
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Various Artists
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released
2005

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12She Won't Be There (Ella No Estará Allí)

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    She Won't Be There (Ella No Estará Allí)
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    Songs Of Hope And Struggle
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    Smithsonian Folkways
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    2016

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She Won't Be There (Ella No Estará Allí)

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07The Zapatistas (Los Zapatistas)

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    The Zapatistas (Los Zapatistas)
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    Songs Of Hope And Struggle
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    Agustín Lira
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    Smithsonian Folkways
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    2016

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The Zapatistas (Los Zapatistas)

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16When I Die (Cuando Yo Me Muero)

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    When I Die (Cuando Yo Me Muero)
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    2016

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When I Die (Cuando Yo Me Muero)

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  • by Agustín Lira

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Songs Of Hope And Struggle
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Agustín Lira
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2016

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