Flatland community reporter Vicky Díaz-Camacho joined Truta in the continuing conversation around Hispanic Heritage Month. Listen below to hear about her latest story for Flatland on Kansas City's place in Hispanic history — Did You Know? KC was part of the Chicano movement for equity — and hear a few songs that tap into the themes of social justice, identity and equality.
On Sept. 16, 1969, a small group of Chicano students at Kansas City's now-closed West High School marched off campus to advocate for civil liberties. As the sounds of mariachi played, they marched toward the Chicano Cultural Center.
Los Tigres del Norte - "Somos Mas Americanos"
This song tells the story of how Mexico’s borders changed, cue a popular line “I didn’t cross the border, the border crossed me,” and of identity and belonging. “Through their lyrics they propose a kind of progressive politics that underscores the importance of equality and anti-discrimination based on ethnic, cultural, gender and class positions,” according to an article written for the University of Technology Sydney.
Ambar Lucid - "Story to Tell"
At just 19, this Dominican-Mexican artist – whose birth name is Ambar Cruz — digs into the personal, and takes cues from Colombian-American artist Kali Uchis. Ambar is an advocate for immigrant rights, having experienced separation after her father was deported when she was just 8 years old. Check out her debut album, “Garden of Lucid.”
Cheo Feliciano — "Anacaona"
This salsa bop by Puerto Rican singer Cheo tells the history of how the island was colonized. But it takes a different spin, focusing on story of Taino chief Anacaona, who was murdered by the Spanish colonizers. Tainos were the Native people of Puerto Rico and this song makes sure to communicate their sovereignty.
Bomba Estereo - "Internacionales"
This is a more lighthearted tune but carries the message that all of us – no matter where we’re from – are connected in some way. Bomba Estereo is a Colombian group whose electric sounds and upbeat rhythms color all of my playlists.