SONGS OF HEALING FOR JUAREZ

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Nancy and Elizabeth Esteva

They were born in Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, in a beautiful little neighborhood called “Barrio Santa Cruz.” Nancy came to live in San Francisco in 1983. Her sister Elizabeth came 10 years later. In 1996, they started singing together, to educate people about their culture. Their brother Mario Esteva, a troubadour in the streets of San Francisco, inspired the name of the group – a flower, a song and a poem – from a line in a song. Besides Spanish, Elizabeth sings in Zapotec, one of the indigenous languages of Oaxaca. They perform a mix of songs and poetry that speak of the love of justice and change.

 

 

Diana Gameros

Singer, Composer, Social Justice Activist (Berkeley, CA / Ciudad Juarez, MX)

“Gameros’ steady fingerpicking and elegantly simple melody create a calm within the storm, a safe place for big questions and long-ailing wounds that transcend any news cycle.”  – NPR

If difficult times call for extraordinary voices, Berkeley singer-songwriter Diana Gameros is the woman for the hour. The Mexican-born songstress draws on her long experience without papers to explore the plight of border crossers of all stripes, bringing luminous humanity to a topic defined by searing heat rather than light. Her albums, Eterno Retorno, and Arrullo, are an artistic triumph for these dark times. Gameros has shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony, Taylor Mac, Bebel Gilberto, Natalia Lafourcade, and her songs and story have been featured on Billboard, Mother Jones, NPR, and PBS, to name a few.

www.dianagameros.com

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Dear Homeland documentary trailer.

Album “Arrullo” – Listen to or buy

Francisco Herrera

Cultural activist Francisco Herrera uses songs to promote social justice. He has a new album called Honor Migrante. Please support Francisco by buying his album, he is donating 30% for every CD he sells on our site to support SF Living Wage.

His album Honor Migrante is full of songs that reflect his passion for social justice. The themes range from immigrant rights to globalization, and the music itself crosses genre borders from traditional-sounding norteño and corrido tunes to post-modern electro-cumbia and Latin Rock.

Growing up in the border town of Calexico, California, Francisco Herrera always straddled two worlds. “My siblings and cousins and I used to sing rancheras and some mariachi at family parties, and when we got a little older we started some garage rock bands,” he recalls of his early musical exploits. But as he became more involved in the church and in particular with the Latin American school of Liberation Theology, Herrera began exploring ways to use music to further his goals of social justice. Herrera traveled extensively throughout Latin America working with community organizations even as he finished his four years at seminary school, all the while toting his guitar and whipping it out for events, actions, and church meetings. “Reflection, meditation, prayer, all those things are important. But they’re important so you can play a role here to make social change. De ahí nacen all those misas that have a social message.” He deftly weaves between English and Spanish as he explains the philosophy of Liberation Theology as he sits under portraits of his two heroes, Che Guevara and Monseñor Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran archbishop who was assassinated in 1980. Francisco Herrera’s most recent album, Honor Migrante, is full of songs that reflect his passion for social justice. The themes range from immigrant rights to globalization, and the music itself crosses genre borders from traditional-sounding norteño and corrido tunes to post-modern electro-cumbia and Latin Rock wet with soulful vocals, wailing electric guitars, and a ripping Fender-Rhodes solo. All these sounds are melded smoothly together by veteran super-producer Greg Landau (Maldita Vecindad, Susana Baca) who met Herrera in the late 1980s on the Nueva Cancion circuit.

For more info about Francisco visit his page at franciscoherreramusic.com