Between rain, shouts and applause, Silvio Rodríguez sings before 100 thousand people in the Zócalo (Video)

MEXICO CITY (APRO).- During his free concert this Friday night in the capital’s Zócalo, Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez joined the protests over the student massacre of “El Halconazo” and again dedicated “El Necio” to the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

It was a tasty evening covered in persistent rain and the good vibes of freedom and troubadour energy with a packed Plaza de la Constitución.

The recital was held on a significant date, as part of the commemoration of the 51st anniversary of “El Halconazo”. And it is that the letters of protest by the 68 Committee and the politician Marcos Rascón achieved their effect, since the 4T government had announced Silvio’s free performance as “a party”, without noticing that on June 10 the Mexican people remember this date every year since 1971 as a day of national mourning.

In the early hours of the morning of June 10, Silvio Rodríguez Domínguez, covering his head with a gray European cap, received the “Keys to the City” and a “Distinguished Guest” diploma from the head of the capital’s government, the smiling Claudia Sheinbaum. As evening fell, the great march called by the Committee 68 commemorating the “Corpus Thursday” massacre progressed with a rally in the Plaza de la Constitución. And at dusk, the crowd made its way to the long-awaited musical show led by the veteran representative of the so-called Nueva Trova Cubana.

From hours before, the warm atmosphere prevailed in the public iron. Cuban flags floated among the crowd, as well as pennants with the face of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, in addition to some emotional banners such as the one that inscribed: “My dad listens to you from heaven.”

The people chanted in brotherhood the refrain of the Chilean Unidad Popular in the piece made famous by the Quilapayún ensemble just at the beginning of the 70s:

“The people united will never be defeated!”.

Shortly after 8:05 p.m., the singer from Coahuila, Vivir Quintana, appeared with her band, showing scenic strength and stages that she maintained for about half an hour, shaking the audience with songs like “La casa de la corner”, “Yo I wait for you” and “Al shot”, to say goodbye with the feminist anthem “Song without fear”. Quintana took the opportunity to launch a slogan “for all the missing compañeras!”

The singer-songwriter, Vivir Quintana. Photo: Montserrat López.

And the Cuban let himself go…

Shortly after, the torrential rain that soaked the red-hot humanities hit to welcome the 75-year-old troubadour. The deafening cries of 80 thousand gathered sheltered him and the artist, perhaps surprised, exclaimed with grace:

“Tlaloc loves us!”

As in his recent recitals at the National Auditorium, he was accompanied by his well-armed ensemble: Maikel Elizarde and Rachid López (guitars), Emilio Vega (vibraphone), Jorge Aragón (piano), Jorge Reyes (double bass), Oliver Valdés (drums) and Niurka González (flute).

It started with the verses of “Tonada for two poems by Rubén Martínez Villena”, anchored by the multicolored games on the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral. At the center of the pavilion, the singer moved the emotions of thousands that filled the sacred esplanade of the heart of Mexico, mostly from an audience contemporary to his generation, with the new wave of young people who are also captives of many of his addictive compositions.

And the Cuban let himself go… “Casiopea”, “América” and “Viene la cosa” were part of the repertoire of this poet and singer born on November 29, 1946, in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

The oneiric (Freudian?) “I dream of snakes” could not be missing, and with an open heart, “I will love you”, pieces that traced a dream night hypnotizing their veils with the essential “My blue unicorn”, when the drizzle gave a truce, between massive chants and tearful looks.

As in the Auditorium, but less solemn, the Cuban group paid tribute to Havanan singer-songwriter Vicente Feliú (1947-2021), accompanied by Silvio and his daughter Malva Rodríguez as a special guest performing “Créeme” and “No es Fácil”, and invited the troubadour Cuban Karel García, member of the third generation of the island’s old-new trova, on stage. The show continued to the rhythm of “I love you free”, “Days and flowers”, as well as “Danzón for waiting”, from his recent works.

He loved the freshness of “Who was it”, and before “Eva”, Silvio had to unite against the massacre of Mexican students committed during the mandate of the repressor Luis Echeverría, like this:

“Know that we are sensitive to the people of Mexico…”.

He got a massive response: “June 10, do not forget!”.

Another of the most requested ones continued: “The era is giving birth to a heart”, offered to Commander Che Guevara. Then he recalled (with words similar to those expressed in the recital at the National Auditorium) that he had dedicated “El Necio” to President Fidel Castro (1926-2016), and in order to look good with the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he returned to offering it once again to the Tabasco politician. But this time Silvio extended his sonorous bouquet:

“…and for all Mexicans who believe that a better future is possible.”

At the edge of the platform the singer seemed to withdraw; only that before the desires of “another, another one!” he strummed the classic “Ojalá”, released “Jugamos a Dios”, then “El reparador de sueño” and “Historia de las Sillas”, closing the musical caravan. The clock ticked past 11:15 p.m. with the Zócalo lit up with joyous madness and Silvio fleeing, more than pleased.

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