Pa'lante: 11 Songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino Artists
publish date: 2017-05-17
Nina Simone said it best: “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Latino musicians and rappers, ones like Residente and Immortal Technique, have long used their music as vehicle for political resistance, to narrate the immigrant experience, and as a call for the liberation of one’s people.
The latter emerges a theme worth celebrating today, as Puerto Rico’s longest-held political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, was officially set free—from house arrest, after spending 36 years in U.S. custody.
From stark protest cries against police brutality, to anthems of endurance in the face of change or social upheaval, here are 11 not-so-traditional songs worth blasting as we march on…