[act-ma] (5/9-Sunday) 1st Peña Folklórica! @ MESA sin fronteras/e5

alisa alisa.wind at gmail.com
Mon May 3 00:14:01 PDT 2010

Celebrate the great tradition of Latin American radical culture through song
and music in our first Peña Foklórica at MESA sin fronteras, dedicated to
Violeta Parra.

Musicians: Rafael Medina, Sergio Reyes
+ Open Mic.

Sunday, May 9th 2010
7pm to late

Bring your voice, history, song and spirit!

MESA sin fronteras, a burgeoning worker-run social club @ encuentro 5
33 Harrison Avenue, 5th floor.
Close to Boylston, Chinatown, and Downtown Crossing T stops.
www.mesasinfronteras.org and  www.encuentro5.org

Light snacks and refreshments offered for suggested donations.

Peñas take historical root in Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and
early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody,
poems, and artwork under some of the most brutally repressive social
regimes. They began to sprout all over Latin America in a time when songs
resounded with a collective heart beat for a more just society and continue
to weave a fabric of solidarity through generations. Each peña at MESA sin
fronteras will be dedicated to a musician from this great tradition who
fought with the spirit of song that defied borders.

Our first Peña on Sunday will be dedicated to the song and struggle of
Violete Parra, who was one of the first musicians in Chile to host Peñas.
Her radiant songs are a testament to a creative and rebellious spirit who
loved much too much, inspiring listeners with her defiant lyrics and gentle
voice, her rhythm and passion, her life ascribed in sadness. (It was her
song, Gracias a La Vida, played by Sergio Reyes, that inspired me to start
learning how to play the guitar!) http://www.violetaparra.cl/

¡Nadie puede quejarse cuando tú
Cantas a media voz o cuando gritas
Como si te estuvieran degollando
Viola volcánica!
(From Defensa de Violeta Parra, por Nicanor Parra) I hope you join us this
Sunday in developing a new tradition of peñas at MESA sin fronteras.

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