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…

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