International Clash Day in Guatemala with Music Journalist Julio Adelso of El Timbre

International Clash Day
02/07/2019
Albina Cabrera
 ENGLISH TRANSLATION

What do The Clash and the peoples of Latin America have in common in 1979? The struggle for human rights.

To talk about The Clash is to talk about fighting against power. Strummer's work had no physical or linguistic limits. Nor was it chance, but the consequence of an international context that was crying out for an artistic, social and political breakdown. Neither is the secret admiration of the band for the rhythms of Latin America and it is not news that 40 years ago when London Calling was released in 1979, Latin America lived in some of the worst and darkest moments of its history.

There is a lot to say about this and each country has a particularly painful experience, that's why we celebrate that music unites. Throughout this week, KEXP speaks with different referents, writers, and music journalists from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Mexico to give us an opinion and more detailed framework of what happened back in 1979. Today, Julio Adelso takes us to Guatemala. Adelso is a music journalist and founder of the website El Timbre, a platform where he shares the musical news of the Guatemalan scene. 

In 1979 when London Calling was about to be released, Guatemalan rock scene lived under the military mandate of President Fernando Romeo Lucas García, who had just taken power. On that same decade, when disco music was at its peak, we had great local exponents of rock, such as Caballo Loco (Crazy Horse), Apple Pie, Plastico Pesado (Heavy Plastic) and SOS, who laid the way for the "rock Chapin" to emerge during the next decade, with bands like Alux Nahual that opened space for the great local rock scene in the nineties. This was a Post-war movement when the great exponents of national rock were born such as Bohemia Suburbana (Suburban Bohemia),  Viernes Verde (Green Friday), La Tona, Estrés (Stress), among others. This movement of the late seventies was the main gate where local bands traced what was later known as the "golden age" of the Chapin rock bands. 


ORIGINAL VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

¿Que tienen en común The Clash y los pueblos de América Latina en 1979? La lucha por los derechos humanos

Hablar de The Clash es hablar de lucha contra el poder. La obra de Strummer no tuvo límites físicos ni idiomáticos. Tampoco fue casualidad sino consecuencia de un contexto internacional que pedía a gritos un quiebre artístico, social y político. Tampoco es novedad la secreta admiración de la banda por los ritmos de América Latina y tampoco es novedad que hace 40 años, cuando en 1979 se editaba London Calling, América Latina vivía de los peores y más oscuros momentos de su historia. 

Hay mucho por decir sobre y cada país tiene una experiencia dolorosa en particular, por eso celebramos que la música une. Hablamos con distintos referentes, escritores y periodistas musicales de Argentina, Chile, Brasil y Guatemala para que nos brinden una opinión y un marco más en detalle de lo que sucedía allá por 1979. GUATEMALA by Julio Adelso periodista musical, fundador del sitio web El Timbre, plataforma donde divulga la actualidad musical de la escena guatemalteca. 

En 1979 cuando London Calling estaba por salir, en Guatemala se vivió el rock bajo el mandato militar del presidente Fernando Romeo Lucas García, quien acababa de tomar el poder. Sin embargo, en esa misma década donde la música disco estaba en su apogeo, tuvimos grandes exponentes del rock, bandas como: Caballo Loco, Apple Pie, Plástico Pesado y S.O.S, quienes trazaron el camino para que el “rock chapin” comience a surgir durante la siguiente década con bandas como Alux Nahual, quienes dieron espacio a el gran movimiento de rock nacional en los noventas. Movimiento post guerra en el cual surgieron los grandes exponentes del rock nacional como Bohemia Suburbana, Viernes Verde, La Tona, Estrés, etc. Este movimiento de finales de los setenta fue la puerta principal donde las bandas locales trazaron lo que fue la "época de oro" de las bandas de rock chapin.

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