Calle 13: Songs of Latin Pride

Quechua learners: pay close attention to the first part of this song. The brothers of band Calle 13 are being introduced by a Quechua-speaking radio DJ.

Everyone else: don’t miss out on this great song, “Latinoamerica” and the accompanying snapshots of life across Latin America.

What is notable is that the piece intends to awake feelings of social consciousness, pride and a sort of pan-Latin patriotism over nationalism. Calle 13 asserts that the Latin-American experience is tied together by similar values, ravaged by similar battles and sort of orphaned:

“Soy lo que me enseño mi padre/ El que no quiere a su patria no quiere a su madre/ Soy America Latina, un pueblo sin pierna pero camina.”

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