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May 23, 2015

Tzotzil rock from the group Sak Tzevul

Filed under: Indigenous, Zapatista — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 10:44 am

 Tzotzil rock from the group Sak Tzevul


Rock in the Tzotzil (indigenous Maya) language, played by Sak Tzevul, from Zinancantán, Chiapas, Mexico.

This clip is from Sts’umbeyel ta yo’ otan skolel alnich’an “Roots and Wings”.

In recent years, more musicians in Mexico are singing in indigenous languages such ​​as Seri, Tzotzil or Nahuatl. The performers come from indigenous communities who have adopted musical forms which are not part of their traditional culture, but sing the lyrics in their own language.

The birth of the EZLN has been important to the indigenous rock. The public appearance of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in 1994 attracted the attention of many sectors of the country and forced the authorities to implement public policies towards indigenous peoples. Above all, in many communities awakened a process of claiming their rights, culture and language, where music is an important element. This trend has strengthened in recent months.

Damian Martinez, founded the group Sak Tzevul in Zinacantan a Tzotzil community in the Los Altos region of Chiapas. In 1994, while studying in the neighbouring city of San Cristobal de las Casas, he found “there was a lot of discrimination, they made fun of those who came from indigenous communities.”

“I got angry with the kids concealing their tongue, not saying where they were from, not even being able to imagine speaking their language in the classroom.” Damian began to study law, but then changed to classical guitar. He could not finish hos studies for lack of money, but completed his musical education by teaching himself.

In 1996, when he founded the group decided to write in Tzotzil but sing the songs to the rhythm of rock. “My goal was to give young people something new to our culture and say that if right now we are ashamed, I hope that one day we will be proud.”





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  1. Reblogged this on Free UniversE-ity.

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