Thursday, 1 September 2011

A Song from a Tropical Fight for Freedom: Pete Seeger Sings José Martí's Guantanamero

And further to tropical wars, here's the wonderful Pete Seeger singing the Cuban song Guantanamera. Originally it was about a woman from Guantánamo, but Cuban patriot José Martí used it for his words about a simple man who was the hope of his country.

The song is an unofficial Cuban anthem, and it is crushingly ironic that the infamous American prison camp for post 9/11 terrorists was/is found on Guantánamo Bay. I haven't found any reference to our friend Pete commenting on the connection, but it is a warning to the ways that wars can spread their evil around the world.

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