Mexico in the Heart on the Presentation of "No Word for Welcome" in Boston
This selection of songs was made to introduce the book "No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy" by Wendy Call on September 8, 2011. The book refers to the struggle by the community in Tehuantepec to confront the deployment of instruments of capitalist "progress" through their villages. Wendy Call is not only a good writer but also a good comrade and friend in the struggle.
La Muerte de Emiliano Zapata (Armando Liszt Arzubide)
All of the songs selected narrate the struggle of the Mexican people for justice and the last two, La Llorona y La Sandunga are part of the folklore of Tehuantepec. In her presentation Wendy explained that she could have been exposed to the apparition of the wandering soul of La Llorona herself. I have added verses to La Sandunga that speak to the need of Mexican workers to leave their land in an attempt to find work in "El Norte".
The quality of the recording is not the best, however, the feeling of the interpretation can be clearly captured in spite of this technical deficiency. Viva Mexico revolucionario!
México 68 (Gabino Palomares)
El Piojito (Gabino Palomares)
Maldición de Malinche (Gabino Palomares)
La Llorona (José Luis Orozco)
La Sandunga (Máximo Ramón Ortiz)