Friday , January 22 2021

"Democracy is not what they promised us": Claudio Narea



Two historic Spanish rock bands, Los Prisioneros and Toreros Muertos, are on a tour of Colombia with a show featuring a selection of their best classics.

Two bands, one Chilean and one Spanish, launched themselves to stardom in the 80s with very different styles, living a reflection of the society of the time in their countries.

While Los Prisioneros was the voice against the dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile; Toureiros Dead, without interfering in politics and through the burlesque, was the cry of freedom of the early years of democracy in Spain.

These two bands joined forces to do a new tour in Colombia, which ends this weekend with shows in Bogotá and Cúcuta.

Without the presence of their vocalist, Jorge González, both because of their serious health problems and their conflicts with the other two members, the prisoners are the first to be surprised to see how the songs they created in the 80s in the dictatorship continue . in force in 2018 in countries with democracy.

In fact, the student marches held in recent weeks in Colombia have had a soundtrack, "The Dance of the Left," the thematic rock protest of this Chilean band that talks about the poor educational system of countries like Chile and Chile. Colombia

Has not the repertoire of prisoners in the 1980s lost its relevance?

Claudio Narea: It's bad news that song lyrics like "The Dance of the Leftovers" still valid. We would like it to be different, that instead of spending so much money on airplanes and weapons, they would spend more on education, culture and health.

In Chile, pensions are a joke, where the difference between the poor retirees and the rich is great. It is very sad to think that 30 years after presenting these songs, we see that the sad reality of that time is the same today.

Has Chile changed since the arrival of democracy?

Miguel Tapia: In Chile, there is a great disappointment of the transition from dictatorship to democracy. We had a great illusion between us that lived through this transition, but it was frustrating to think that the changes would be substantial, but really was not, the Constitution that was made in the dictatorship did not change a single comma.

In the vicious circle of power, whether the political trend, people are not represented, there is no concern about it.

Claudio Narea: Democracy is not what they promised us. The laws are made by themselves when they steal the money they do not go to jail, but if someone steals something like a television, they are doomed. In democracy, almost nobody believes.

We were after her in Pinochet's time. We believed in democracy because they sold us an idea that was not, because those who came to rule, both left and right, are smelly clowns.

New generations find their music?

Miguel Tapia: At the shows we meet the usual fans, as well as the young people who are finding our songs, many of them were not born when we made these songs.

All this because the songs, unfortunately, are still current, so the audience renews itself, which is wonderful for us, we feel very happy.

How do you see the world of music today?

Claudio Narea: Our music was born from the idea of ​​a group of friends who started to play, learning on their own, nobody taught us, but this is another time when all music is produced with more prepared musicians. However, we are still there, where the younger ones are discovering our music.


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