The news has been difficult to stomach recently, but hopefully The Chamanas can give us a four-minute reprieve with their new single, “La Verdad.”
If you’ve been thinking about the border, it’s likely in the context of the cruel American policy to separate families as they arrive in search of a better life. Through her informative music video from last year, Ziemba taught us about the historic brutality from the US government toward migrants, specifically in the bordertown of El Paso-Ciudad Juárez. Despite its troubled history, the sister cities boast a united populace, where Americans and Mexicans live harmoniously and work together for justice for women, children, immigrants, and everyone. The Chamanas are proud call this place their home.
“La Verdad” is the first English-language track from The Chamanas, and with it, they hope to reach a wider American audience. “We want Americans and the world to understand our vision of life on the border through our music and to bring our culture to all possible people,” the band said in a statement. While it strays from their typical lyrical direction, the track proves to be a fun summer single that may actually distract from reality. Before hitting play a second time, be sure to donate to a charity like RAICES or make plans to attend a rally (there’s one happening tomorrow); the fight is just beginning.
We want to reach as many people as possible with our music, we try it in Spanish and we have been successful. Singing in English for us is a challenge that we must achieve. We want Americans and the world to understand our vision of life on the border through our music and to bring our culture to all possible people.”[/perfectpullquote]
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by: Zoë Elaine