parodies by nacrowe
its been almost a decade now since i moved to work and lived in VENEZUELA immediately after my service as a PEACE CORPS volunteer in ALBANIA ended in the spring of 2013. feels like a lifetime ago with where i was at as an individual, not to mention it was the pre-TRUMP era. being in SOUTH AMERICA felt TRANSFORMATIVE in that daily life felt so tangible and raw: the CORRUPTION, the SEXUALITY, the FOOD, the MUSIC, the HOPES, the DREAMS, the DISAPPOINTMENTS, the DIVISION, the SACRIFICE, the DEATH and the SOCIAL CONNECTION. it all just felt like everything was at eleven at all times in a way i never really experienced before.
after two years i moved to JAPAN and then later MYANMAR where i gained some knowledge about basic BUDDHIST principles from varying traditions and perspectives, which was likewise TRANSFORMATIVE but in more of an internal manner. VENEZUELA in comparison just felt like the whole barrage of life coming down at you all at once. it was intense and in retrospect felt like a precursor to life in the UNITED STATES under TRUMP, where extreme social and political strife bifurcated the AMERICAN experience much as CHAVEZ and especially MADURO had done so regarding social and political cohesion in VENEZUELA.
the soundtrack to that experience included many acts (ANA TIJOUX, LA VIDA BOHEME, BOMBA ESTEREO, MANU CHAO, ATERCIOPELADOS) associated with NACIONAL RECORDS in LOS ANGELES, which is a clearing house of sorts for LATIN artists in the UNITED STATES. in recent years they have expanded to placing said artists and their respective catalogues in television and film properties, which is great given the expanded market for such in the UNITED STATES. this is a label that i am constantly revisiting as i look for new artists.
definitely check out the streaming DEER GOD RADIO show embedded below from back in april dedicated to highlights from the NACIONAL RECORDS roster of artists. i had a great time with it and am happy to share that postive energy and love. enjoy.