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The Sound of the Revolution

By Karen Ocampo

For the feeling of the revolutionary moments Mexico celebrates this week, we suggest that you prepare a playlist full of tunes that have messages of liberation, social rights, and grassroots movements to accompany the journey.

Start the day in La Cocina, a traditional city restaurant, and ask for a breakfast of enchiladas with mole and café de olla. Accompany this by listening to “Adelita,” a song in tribute to Mexican soldadera, Adela Velarde Perez. This will help you to awaken patriotic thoughts.

Later the parade commemorating the revolution will take place, honoring characters of that singular moment in history. Let’s contemplate it. Although revered heroes and political parties can change here and there, history is a vehicle for understanding what we are now. While enjoying the march of the participants, listen to “El Corrido de Pancho Villa”: “I want to remind my nation, that back in Parral, Villa rests in the lap of the place that I love.”

You can end up with speed and fury, and for this we invite you to prepare to speak out and sing at La Cucaracha Bar. To the sound of the jukebox or from the internal rhythm that arises from your bones, you can celebrate the acts of social struggle and end with the extended version of “La Cucaracha,” in honor of the time and place. “All cheer, leaving them much silver they fight; Pancho Villa in the north, and in the south Viva Zapata!”

La Cocina. Hernández Macías, Col. Centro

La Cucaracha. Ancha de San Antonio, Col. Centro


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