Carlos Puebla, El Cantor de la Revolución

November 25, 2009

Another random post today as I arbitrarily browsed my iTunes library.
Although the sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club hark to a pre-Fidel Cuba in which gambling, nightclubs, and social clubs were commonplace, some great music did survive the revolution. Trova, if anything, flourished. It morphed into nueva trova in the 60s, at the same time that nueva canción was budding in South America (hear some here). Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes were the chief exponents of this style, but of particular interest to me is Carlos Puebla, who started off singing trova in old Havana. His music is typically old school Cuban, but contains revolutionary, pro-Cuba nationalist lyrical themes. Author of the Che-inspired mega-hit Hasta Siempre and with song titles like Mira yanki como nos reímos, Todo por la reforma agraria and David y Goliath, one can’t help but note the odd juxtaposition of the gentle, languid, cheerful music with the socio-political commentary and nationalistic, anti-American pride imbued in the lyrics. At the end of the day, no matter how you react to the lyrical content, you can’t dispute the excellence of the rhythmic section!
Here are two tracks from the album Chante Cuba.

Van a tener que cambiar de modelo…

Cambio-cambio – Carlos Puebla

Y se acabo la diversión, llego el commandante y mandó a parar…

Y en llego Fidel – Carlos Puebla


One Response to “Carlos Puebla, El Cantor de la Revolución”

  1. lupi Says:

    Great music, great post 🙂

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