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Azul Profundo - Forty-two Traditional Griefs From Latin America and the Caribbean

Azul Profundo - Forty-two Traditional Griefs From Latin America and the Caribbean

Photo by Elisa Rugo

Photo by Elisa Rugo

Augusto Bracho, also known by his birth-name Gustavo Guerrero, came to be known in Venezuela about a decade ago as the frontman of Cunaguaro Soul. The band was a power trio that made Gustavo a rock music prodigy in his country. Internationally, he gained recognition as musical director and guitar player for Natalia Lafourcade, his direction heard throughout Hasta la Raíz and Musas Vol. 1 & 2. Bracho’s new album, Mercado de los Corotos, is a fun folkloric instant classic record.

He has curated a very anthropologic playlist for us, along with a short essay delving deeper into his playlist.

Due to the nature of this playlist, some of his songs are not available on Spotify. To listen to Augusto’s FULL playlist, click here.

Azul Profundo - Forty-two Traditional Griefs From Latin America and the Caribbean

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Throughout our evolutionary history as human beings sadness and grief have been more than present. Whole generations of philosophers, psychologists and neurologists remain in constant existential struggle to understand our sorrows. The black slaves who came to the promising «New World» traveled obviously with their hearts torn by rage and disillusion. Centuries later, it’s said that in the Deep South of USA the blues was born; that in addition to becoming a popular musical genre it is a way of feeling and unloading so much pain. Also in our latin continent, melancholy, nostalgia, «guayabo», saudade, is sung and danced from the beginning of the mixture of our cultures. All these afflictions can be seen from the most common corners of our societies, waddling with the same sweat and spirit as in any other. Perhaps one of the most beautiful differences we have with regard to the neighbors of the blues, is that we can name our afflictions in many ways instead of encompassing them in a single style. In particular, it surprises the variety of rhythms that we have also known to accompanied them: Bolero, Vidala, Bachata, Son, Samba, Tonada, Bullerengue, Sanjuanito, Calypso, Paseo, Konpa, Huayno, Tango... and a long etc. If sometimes it turns into deep blue it will be a matter of perspective and emotion. The feeling is and will remain the same, and of course, a natural reality within our routine and flurried lives. As natural as a guffaw or a fear; especially to the last or next presidential elections in any of our painful countries. 

This selection of forty-two traditional songs that we present, more than promotes the drama among our sensitive young people, could try to recognize that the Latin American and Caribbean continent is an expert in the expression and creative acceptance of these bitter tasks. However, the real intention is to enjoy. Let's sing and dance with the occasional tear, yes, but alive and kicking. Each and every one of the songs that are included in this playlist, as well as their artists, are equally interesting (and important!) under our humble criteria. Of course we have left out many themes, composers, performers and styles. But who knows, maybe the listener will continue to cultivate, appreciating and –hopefully– sharing them. 

For now, let's feel this azul profundo (deep blue) in a journey from south to north, through twenty-one quite representative countries (two songs per country): starting with Argentina, jumping from Chile to Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela; then Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba; following by Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and ending in Mexico. I hope you enjoy it. 

Deep cheers to all!

A.B.

2018 

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