LatinaLista — Music isn’t just lyrics set to music in the Latino community. For generations, it’s also been a way to chronicle various protest movements within the history of Latinos in the United States.
The most recent has been the immigration marches of 2006, and now the newly signed Arizona Senate Bill 1070 is inspiring a whole new round of music dedicated to singing about the injustice this bill provokes.
Corridos, boleros, cumbias and mariachi are only a few of the music genres accepted in the protest music contest.
Encouraging this form of traditional Latino art is the theme for a new protest music contest called Sing for Hope and Justice and Immigration Reform!
Spearheaded by Dr. Paul Ruiz, senior advisor and co-founder of The Education Trust, Ruiz is a 35-year educator focusing his professional work on improving achievement and closing the Latino and African-American achievement gap.
Originally hailing from South Texas, Ruiz is familiar with the protest songs of old and was inspired to help a new generation leave their impressions about the current injustice in lyrical form.
According to the guidelines of the contest: “Protest songs should serve to advocate against bigotry, educate and inform the Latino community and general public about the racism embedded in Arizona-like immigration law. And, advance the hopes, dreams and pride of all, especially immigrants and Latinos in the USA.”
The music can take the form of a corrido, cumbia, ranchera, bolero, mariachi or pop. The contest is open primarily to Tejano/Mexicano/Latino songwriters and music groups from South Texas.
Submissions for this contest must be received by Friday June 11, 2010 at 5pm. Entries should be mailed to: Dr. Paul Ruiz, Chairperson, 222 Melliff Dr, San Antonio, TX 78216, or emailed in Mp3 format to Margaretemail@example.com (please include all contact information).
Contest Details: Final contest entries must be submitted in Mp3 format; need not be of commercial quality, along with completed registration form. A panel of civic leaders, local activists and artists will listen to and screen all entries and select the 15 best songs before a live audience. These recordings will be given air time, as time may allow, on local radio stations prior to the formal performance.
The Top 15 songs will be performed live on June 30, 2010 at a local San Antonio-area venue (to be announced). Each of the top 15 contestants will perform their respective songs before a live audience.
On the night of the performances, four winners will be announced. A panel of seven judges comprised of civic leaders, local activists and artists will vote on the winners.
Thanks to some generous support, there are some nice prizes:
First Prize: $6000 Prepaid Visa check card
Second Prize: $2000 Prepaid Visa check card
Third Prize: $1200 Prepaid Visa check card
Fourth Prize: $800 Prepaid Visa check card
Yet even without the dinero, all participants have the satisfaction of knowing that their songs will live on and play an important part of giving future generations a peek into the life of Latinos at this time in history.