Category Archives: Music

Somewhere in socialist Czechoslovakia: “Amerika” Portoriko


So I’ abandoned you for over a year now. But that doesn’t mean that the blog is dead. I’d like to share with you a very exquisite version of “America” from West Side Story; in Czech!!! It was the friend … Continue reading

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La Borinqueña ( l’hymne national de Porto Rico)


English version clic here. On ignore la date exacte à laquelle fut composée l’antique mélodie appelée « La Borinqueña » et le nom de son auteur n’est pas connue avec certitude. Certains remontant jusqu’au début du 19e siècle attribuent à Don … Continue reading

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La Borinqueña


The 1950s was a decisive turning point in Puerto Rican history: Puerto Rico’s political ties to the United States were “formalized” as Puerto Rico became the Estado Libre Asociado (or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Under this new juridical form, the … Continue reading

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“En mi viejo San Juan” & “México lindo y querido”


Noel Estrada, a [Puerto Rican] musician and composer, joined the U.S. Army at the beginning of World War II; it was the first time that he had been away from his island, and he missed it terribly. He wrote the … Continue reading

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West Side Story


As citizens of the United States, Puerto Ricans have free access to the American labor market. The upper mobility of white workers to better paid jobs during the post war world-economic expansion created a labor shortage at the botom end, which … Continue reading

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Aie aie aie aie aie aie Puerto Rico


This is a gorgeous song from the 80’s. I remember I heard it once when I was a kid and I was surprised to hear it again on youtube. It was a mere coincidence… Singing along with Belgian musical group … Continue reading

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Pau, Pablo, Paul…


Pau Casals (1876-1973) S’il est bien un nom à retenir au sein du petit monde de la musique classique portoricaine, c’est bien celui-ci. Né en Catalogne de mère portoricaine, sa carrière brillante et le fruit d’une rencontre imprévue avec la … Continue reading

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