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Mexican Independence Day Music Playlist! By Marcela Viejo

Expect to find the unexpected in Mexico City (DF) with Marcela Viejo, keyboardist/vocalist of Mexico’s praised electropop ensemble, Quiero Club. Mexico’s capital is a lively, rich, and diverse place where one is bound to find oddities, novelties, and underground movements of sorts. In this weekly column, Marcela takes you along on her musical quest to find these rare gems and obscure scenes via reviews, interviews, and profiles. The idea is to search.

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Here’s a 12-track playlist that I compiled to celebrate this upcoming Mexican Independence Day. Above the tracks, I explain what these songs mean to me in relation to this special day for all Mexicans.

The selection of songs are rather eclectic with different styles of genres. But what connects them together is that all these songs (besides that I really like them) transmit a revolutionary attitude and spirit with desires of liberty. Two things that Mexicans celebrate in this day of El Grito is tequila, and lots of party.

Although things are not like we want them to be in Mexico — and many who think like me are affected by the return of the PRI — this 15th of September, we will gritar to not cry, and to try to do everything that’s at our hands to avoid the return of a repression and the seizing of our country. Enrique Peña Nieto doesn’t deserve to be where he’s at, so from now and on, we’ll shout and we’ll wave our flags saying: Si hay imposición habrá revolución! (If there’s imposition, there will be revolution!)

The near future is pretty scary, so the only thing we have to do from our part, for our country, is to progress in the best way. Music unites us, so I hope these songs that I’m sharing with you will also inspire you!

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1) Tijuana No! – “Transgresores de la ley

I chose this song by Tijuana No! because, besides representing the mexican rockera movement of the ’90s, it fits very well.

“¡A defender la dignidad, gritando fuerte Tierra y Libertad!”

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2) Rodrigo Gonzalez – “El Gran Silencio”

I relate the lyrics to this song with what many revolutionaries intended to do. In the end, they gave their lives to liberty.

“Armas con tu vida alguna historia, donde sin pena ni gloria, no comprendes ni el final. Te metiste hacia un mundo de pasiones, donde las ilusiones, te pudieron atrapar.”

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3) Mecano – “El blues del esclavo”

This song is one of my favorites from Mecano’s album, Descanso Dominical. The lyrics talk about a revolution, a protest of slaves asking for a normal salary, or a sunday break, and all the things all workers should obtain as a wage for all their hard efforts. It’s about searching for an immediate changes and end with repression.

“A ver si ahora con la guerra de secesión se admite nuestro sindicato del algodón que a saber quiere obtener descanso dominical, un salario normal dos pagas, mes de vacaciones y una pension tras la jubilación que se nos trate con dignidad como a semejantes emigrantes.”