Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Molotov in Cancun- Benefit for the Fire Dept.

Molotov, one of the most famous (and controversial!) bands in Mexico will be holding a benefit concert in Cancun this Thursday, August 20th at the Bulldog Cafe. A portion of the show's proceeds will go to the fire department of Cancun, an organization desperately in need of new equipment. Tickets are available in advance for 450 pesos, 500 pesos at the door.

I must admit that my first experiences with the music of Molotov were quite negative, I didn't understand their message and honestly hated the one song that I had heard, "Puto". I was living in Cozumel (my first home in Mexico) and going to the nightclubs where the song was played loud, with the crowd going nuts chanting the chorus. I didn't know much Spanish then, but I knew that "puto" was a derogatory term for a homosexual man and I was completely offended by the whole thing. Since then I have read that the song is not meant to be homophobic at all, the band claims that the word is being used to describe cowards or cheaters. It's still not my favourite song, I'm not totally convinced by the band's denials of homophobia and I am sure that a lot of their fans do use the song to support their homophobia, but I got over my initial repulsion and began listening to their other hits and realizing that they had a lot to say about Mexican pride and politics. One of the songs that I quite enjoy is "Frijolero", a huge hit for the band confronting border issues, emigration to the United States and the drug trade. Lyrics and translation (and an opinionated article about the band) can be found on vdare.com. Be warned, the band uses strong language to get it's point across, not for those who are easily offended.

Regardless of the controversy, no one can dispute that Molotov has a desire to see the people of Mexico to stand up and strive to make Mexico a better place. Sometimes strong words are exactly what is needed to shake things up. I hope the benefit concert is a great success and that the heroes of the fire department get the assistance they so greatly need.


Leslie Harris (de Limon) said...

Molotov is one of those bands that you either love or hate. I happen to love Molotov! So do my teenage nephews, so that makes me the cool "tia"!

Anonymous said...

This song was all over the airwaves when I backpacked through the country back in 2003. My trip took a couple of months and this was definitely the 'theme tune' that always brings back memories!

It was probably the best track they've done to hear first as well. Some of their other stuff is a bit heavy, and I probably wouldn't have given them a second chance if I hadn't gotten the Frijolero vibe.

Unknown said...

it's 6:27 am in Houston Texas and I'm wide awake after listening to Frijolero. That's a new one for me.
I liked the graphics, too, like when the truck driver puts 3 fingers out the window, and the 3 guys jump in the back. Slice o' life.
Immigration is The issue here.
But in Cancun?

CancunCanuck said...

Leslie- I went from hate to love with them for sure. LOL, "cool" tia, everybody's got one and I want to be one!

Gary- It's a great backpacking/road tripping song. I don't know why it always makes me smile, the tune, the beat, the lyrics, all combine to turn my frown upside down. :)

DanaJ- Glad I could wake you up, haha! Ahh, immigration. Certainly an issue here, but I suspect in different ways than in Texas. I think most people come to Cancun for the same reasons people go to the US, looking for work and a better life. There are more opportunities for making money here than in most of Mexico so people see it as a better choice than trying to make it illegally (or legally) in the states. I have had students in the past who have made the crossing, only to find that the US was not all that they had dreamed. They came back to Mexico, found their way to Cancun and are living a better life. I could go on all day, perhaps I should just write a post about it. :)

Unknown said...

The guy from the shop caught me watching Frijolero this morning.
He was surprised! So at lunch, they tell me to search around for "Mexican Power". And as I'm walking away from their lunch table, the 4 men are all chanting Frijolero and laughing and cracking up. Thanks for upping my rank at work.

JohnPDC said...

The concert last night was incredible, after various delays and electrical snafus. The Bulldog Cafe has a strange layout for rock concerts, but the sound was actually quite clear and powerful. The atmosphere was intimate, about 500 fans or so.

It looks like we've finally found a place up in Cancun to see live rock concerts!

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