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SXSW 2009 – Relajado

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El jueves regresé al centro para escuchar en Momo’s las bandas que SXSW tenía preparadas para esa noche dedicada la música del mundo:

  • Cla – Portugal
  • Kingman and Jonah – Jamaica
  • Playing For Change – EEUU
  • Ximena Sariñana – México
  • Asa – Francia
  • Monareta – Colombia

Cómo es costumbre llegué tarde y no tuve oportunidad de ver a Cla. Kingman and Jonah tocó muy buen reggae incluyendo ‘Redemption Song’ de Bob Marley.

Playing For Change, una banda nacida en California pero conformada por artistas de varios países interpretó música de diversos géneros y en diversos idiomas. Ximena Sariñana que perfectamente podría ser una primita (parecía una de las Ochoa) interpretó canciones de su último (único?) album y enloqueció a Sofia y después Asa con sus dos guitarras acusticas y tres voces apagó bastante el ambiente, lo cual perjudicó a Monareta que tocaron frente a poco más de 30 personas. A Monareta realmente no los ví esta vez (ya los había visto la noche anterior en Speakeasy) pero si estuve conversando un ratico con Andrés el guitarrista.

Carlos Gaviria visits Austin

The president of the colombian political party Polo Democrático Carlos Gaviria was one of the speakers invited to the XXVIII Annual ILASSA Student Conference. His speech was basically a critique of the current government because it claims that Colombia has a strong democracy while he considers that many aspects of Colombia’s situation (like the high percentage of poverty) are clear signals that Colombia doesn’t have a democracy but instead what he refers to as a sudo-democracy.

I think Colombia does have a democracy, but it has many flaws. As he recognizes, there is not a country in this planet with a perfect democracy and Colombia by no means is close to have that.

Even recognizing that Uribe has many flaws I sincerely think Colombia is better today than how it was 6 years ago. And after hearing Gaviria today, it gives you the impression that this is not the case and that Uribe is the devil itself following a master plan to be a dictator. I honestly believe that this is not the case, and I definitely don’t want Uribe to be reelected again.

Escopetarras and lousy t-shirts

This week two interesting news got my attention:The first one is about César López a Colombian musician and Luis Alberto Paredes (a musical instruments manufacturer) who are converting weapons into instruments. This week the colombian vicepresident Francisco Santos, gave César two AK47 from former paramilitars, to have them transformed.


The ‘Escopetarras’ (escopeta / gun + guitarra / guitar) is their most famous creation and several artist like Juanes, Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Fito Páez, Paul McCartney and Andrea Echeverri either have or want one. When these artists get this gift, it is not to display it as a decorative object, but it is a compromise to work in favor of world peace.

The second one is about Fighters + Lovers: a store in Denmark that is selling clothes with logos of the terrorists groups FARC-EP and PFLP which claims that a percentage of the sales will be sent to those groups. The colombian goverment is very concerned about this and it is asking the danish goverment to investigate the issue.

FARC fashion

Farc Fashion

The original image has been removed from the Fighters + Lovers website. I’m adding an image from another site.

No long ago we also stated that a NGO called Opror was also sending money to FARC-EP terrorists.

At the end two lessons:
You can transform war into music, art and peace.
Or you can transform war into business, money and T-shirts.

Update: The Danish police has arrested the members of Fighters + Lovers and has shuted down the website.