Ya cayó el 20 / the 20 has fallen

Master disco sign by Rudy Girón

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats. —Albert Schweitzer

You know that I am always trying to bring you first and foremost all the different art manifestations that emerge from Guatemala as soon as I detect them. Music, of course, is quite possibly my favorite if not necessary means of refuge and that’s why music is the one art manifestation that I share the most.

Today’s image is good representation of the vernacular graphic art of Guatemala and part of another documentary project which I hope to launch sometime this year: Guatemala Gráfica, a compilation of Guatemala’s vernacular graphic identity and humor. The image above is also a good introduction to the song Ya cayó el 20 (The 20 has fallen) by Sativo Warriorcandela a song inspired on the Mayan calendar which later this year, December 21, 2012, has the end of era and the beginning of another.

The song below is also a very representation of the fusion that happens in Guatemala or Guatemaya everyday, take cumbia, reggae, son, and sing in Maya, Spanish and English with the rhythm of the Garifuna of Guatemala and you get a piece that is very difficult to classify; in other words, Guatemala pura. Enjoy!

All the way from Guatemaya, 13 energies 20 nahuals, Babylon is ending, Babylon is falling, Babylon is dying… 13 moons has began…

© 2012, Rudy Giron. All rights reserved.

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  • NYChapin

    Buenisimo !! thanks Rudy, keep em coming !
    Dec 21 is my dad’s birthday and would love to spend it with him around El lago. This would be a great song to be playing while we wait for the trancasos to start coming down on us. 

    • NYChapin, yes I believe the lake would be among the best places to say our goodbyes when the ends comes on December 21. 

      I will start making reservations now, don’t want to be without lodging for the end of the world as we know it.

  • Dear Rudy,
    thank you very much for this post. I found this site by coincidence but it seems really awesome. I was wondering if you know where to get the lyrics for Ya cayó el vente because I could unfortunately not get a hold of it. And do you know by any chance what Babylon symbolizes in the song? Thanks a lot for your help! 

    • Hi Carmen, sorry I don’t think the lyrics are available, although if you know a little Spanish, you should be able to follow. The way Babylon is used in the song follows strictly the Reggae usage, which usually means the system, the government, the powerful in other words.