Americanto LP: “Cuba Canta a la Republica Dominicana” Silvio Rodriguez and Noel Nicola

 

The first existing recording of Silvio Rodriguez and Noel Nicola together was from a concert during Siete Dias Con el Pueblo/7 Days with the People at Casa de Teatro in 1974 in The Dominican Republic.

Esta grabación es una selección del concierto que Silvio Rodríguez y Noel Nicola  realizaron en  Casa De Teatro (Santo Domingo) en 1974 durante el festival Siete Dias Con el Pueblo/7 Days with the People.

ET: Bernardo, Can you tell us a little about how you came to make this album?

ET: ¿Bernardo, nos puede contar un poco de cómo llegaste a hacer este álbum?

Bernardo Palombo: Enrequito de Leon and Cholo Brenes gave me a bag full of cassettes and told me, “we need one or two LP’s from this.” I didn’t have any idea how to make an LP and after many failures in two or three recording studios, I was lucky to find Tony Rodriguez, at Opal Studios (54th Street – next to the infamous Studio 54). Tony got interested in the material and the next challenge was to select which part of the concert was going to be used: the old LP’s only allowed about twenty-seven minutes per side. The hard part was to extract, not just the music, but to preserve the essence of Silvio’s and Noel’s communication with the audience.

Bernardo Palombo: Enriquito de León y Cholo Brenes me dieron una funda llena de casetes y me dijeron: “Nosotros necesitamos uno o dos elepés (LP’s) de esto.” Yo no tenia ninguna idea como hacer un LP. Después de muchos fracasos en mi búsqueda de estudios de grabacion y tecnicos que quisieran   de grabación, tuve la suerte de encontrar a Tony Rodríguez en Opal Studios (situado en la Calle 54 – al lado del  famoso Studio 54). Tony se interesó en el material. Entonces, el próximo desafío fue seleccionar las partes del concierto que se iban a usar: los LPs de antes permitían solamente veintisiete minutos por cada cara. Lo difícil fue, no solo extraer la música, sino también preservar la esencia de la comunicación entre los artistas, Silvio y Noel, y su público.

There is a precious moment when Noel Nicola thanks the ovations he receives after singing Maria del Carmen, a song you could consider romantic more than revolutionary. He said “Esto para vean que tambien hacemos canciones de amor…porque todas son canciones de amor.”(This is so you can see that we can do love songs too, because they are all love songs) And here, he defines la Nueva Trova, which was different than the protest songs of Chile, et al. (“…a real revolutionary is guided by feelings of love.” Che Guevara). The Nueva Trova expanded the meaning of the protest song and in some way erased the lines between the categories of song all together: romatic, political, intimate, personal.

Hay un momento muy significativo en el cual  Noel Nicola  agradece  los aplausos que recibe después de cantar María del Carmen, una canción que uno considera mas romántica que revolucionaria. Él dice: “Esto es para que vean que también hacemos canciones de amor” y despues agrega, ” porque todas son canciones de amor.” Con esto, él definió a la Nueva Trova, un tipo de canción distinto de las canciones de protesta en Chile y otros países (“…un revolucionario verdadero está guiado por grandes sentimientos de amor” – Che Guevara). La Nueva Trova amplió el significado de la canción de protesta y en cierto modo eliminó las divisiones entre los géneros de canción ; lo romántico, lo político, lo íntimo, lo personal, todo se hace cantable en la trova.

I think this album communicates the spontaneity of the live concert, the feel of what it was like to be there, and gives an idea of the zest and enthusiasm in which Silvio and Noel’s music and message was recieved by the people.

Creo que el album conserva la espontaneidad del concierto y da una idea de la efervescencia y el entusiasmo con que la gente recibió la música y el mensaje de Silvio y Noel.

Side A:

Introduction: 

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Olio de Mujer Con Sombrero ( Silvio Rodriguez):

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Madre (Rodriguez):

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Maria del Carmen (Noel Nicola):

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Comienza el Dia (Nicola):

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Jerusalen Año Cero (Rodriguez):

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El Elegido (Rodriguez):

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Side B:

Te Perdona (Pablo Milanes):

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Verano-Vallejo (Nicola):

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Campana de Alfabetizacion (Nicola):

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Te Doy Una Cancion (Rodriguez):

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Dias y Flores (Rodriguez):

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Santiago de Chile (Rodriguez):

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Cancionero Cover
Cancionero Cover
Review from CGT Concert Booklet
Review from CGT Concert Booklet

Go to Silvio’s Web Page here

About ETarchives

El Taller Latino Americano is a 501(c) (3) community-based arts and education institution founded in 1979 by Argentine musician and composer, Bernardo Palombo. He had arrived in New York not speaking a word of English, yet found no language barrier amongst musicians. He quickly realized the power of culture and art to cross barriers and began holding double-feature concerts featuring artists like Pete Seeger, Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass and Atahualpa Yupanqui. Palombo also began teaching Spanish incorporating his songs and the languages of Latin America. This immersion model, combining the vitality of the arts with language learning, continues today.
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