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Music and Culture of Struggle in the Colombian Revolution

The Marxist-Leninist has previously posted music by FARC-EP musician Julian Conrado. These songs and poems are by Jaime Nevado.

“The FARC-EP guerrilleros play, sing, write poetry and books, tell stories, put on plays and paint, etc. The most sensitive men and women, reflecting the reality around us, transform our culture into an orally and visually attractive form, nourishing the patriotic and revolutionary sentiment of thousands of fighters, their friends and thousands of people who today listen to the songs, read books, recite poetry and watch films made by the guerrilleros … Culture occupies a very large space and plays an important role in the life of each guerrillero in the FARC-EP … There is a cultural hour from 7 to 8 p.m. in all guerrilla camps, when the public order situation permits. In this hour there may be a book reading, a lecture, the reading of a poem, singing, or a fiesta to dance the current rhythms and compositions of the guerrilleros. This is a space created so that culture is present in the struggle of our people.”

“Revolutionary culture is present and is nurtured by the people. It is the expression of rebellion charged with social content that has flourished in spite of everything throughout our history – in spite of the massacres, the bullets and the negation with which they think they can silence the voice of the people.”

— FARC-EP, quoted in Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP by James J. Brittain, pp. 200-201

See also the youtube page for the Bolivarian Movement for a New Colombia (MBNC): http://www.youtube.com/user/mbolivariano

The following video is from the MBNC:

The Guerrilla is Like a Poet

Jose Maria Sison presiding over the International Seminar on Mao Zedong Thought, 1993

Jose Maria Sison presiding over the International Seminar on Mao Zedong Thought, 1993

I’ve highlighted some revolutionary art and culture before. I’ve posted Rage Against the Machine’s acapella perfomance at the RNC protest this September, and the Sendoro Luminoso inspired video for the song Bombtrack. I’ve highlighted the music of Julian Conrado of the FARC-EP. Yesterday I posted an article about the outstanding Palestinian writer and PFLP martyr, Ghassan Kanafani. Today I want to highlight the beautiful poetry and songs of the Filipino revolutionary leader, Jose Maria Sison.

Comrade Sison reconstituted the Communist Party of the Philippines in 1968 based on Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought and founded the New People’s Army. He is the author of numerous important books and articles, including Philippine Society and Revolution, written under the war-name of ‘Amado Guerrero’. Today Sison lives in exile in The Netherlands and is the Chief Political Consultant to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

This is a music video of Jose Maria Sison’s lyric poem, “The Guerrilla is Like a Poet”. In the video it switches form English to Tagalog halfway through. You can also hear Sison himself sing the poem by clicking here. The words of the poem are in English in full below.

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