"Democracy is not what they promised us": Claudio Narea


Two historic rock bands in Spain, Los Prisioneros y Toreros Muertos, are on a Colombian concert tour with performances featuring their best classic choices.

Two bands, one Chile and another Spain, which were launched as stars in the eighties with a very different style, reflecting the lives of people in their country.

While Los Prisioneros is a voice against the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile; Dead Bullfighting, without interference in politics and through banter, is a call for freedom in the first years of democracy in Spain.

The two bands joined to make a new tour in Colombia, which ended this week with concerts in Bogotá and Cúcuta.

Without the presence of their vocalist, Jorge González, both due to serious health problems and their conflict with the other two members, the Prisoners were the first to be surprised at how the songs they made in the eighties in the middle of the dictatorship continued. valid in 2018 in countries with democracy.

In fact, the student march that has been held in the last few weeks in Colombia already has a soundtrack arian Dances of those who are left & # 39 ;, the theme of this Chilean band rock protest is talking about a poor education system from countries like Chile and Colombia

The repertoire of prisoners in the eighties has not lost its relevance?

Claudio Narea: This is the bad news that the song lyrics are like & # 39; The dances of those who are left & # 39; still valid. We want it to be different, rather than spending so much money on planes and weapons, they will spend more on education, culture and health.

In Chile, retirement is a joke, where the difference between poor pensioners and rich people is very large. It is sad to think that 30 years after presenting these songs we see that sad reality at that time is the same today.

Has Chile changed since the arrival of democracy?

Miguel Tapia: In Chile there was great disappointment in the part of the dictatorship towards democracy. We have a big illusion among us who live through that transition, but it is very frustrating to think that the change will be substantial, but actually not, the constitution made in the dictatorship does not change one comma.

In the vicious circle of power, be it political tendencies, people are not represented, there is no concern for that.

Claudio Narea: Democracy is not what they promised us. The law is self-made, when they steal money, they don't go to jail, but if someone steals something like television, they are condemned. In democracy, almost no one believes.

We were behind him during Pinochet's time. We believe in democracy because they sell us ideas that don't, because those who come to govern, both left and right, are smelly clowns.

Is the new generation meeting their music?

Miguel Tapia: In concerts we met ordinary fans, as well as young people who found our songs, many of them were not born when we made these songs.

All of this is because the songs, unfortunately, are still up-to-date, so the audience is updated, which is amazing for us, we feel very lucky.

How do you see the music world today?

Claudio Narea: Our music was born from the idea of ​​a group of friends who started playing, studying on their own, nobody taught us, but this is another time when all music is made with musicians who are better prepared. However, we are still there, where the youngest find our music.


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