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XX century cultural icon and high priestess of punk, singer Patti Smith, works in the festival La Mar de Musicas Cartagena (15/07/2010)

Who does not remember his indomitable voice in 'Gloria' by Van Morrison or 'Because the Night' by Springsteen.

At 64 years, Patti Smith is an icon.

One could say that was the first woman who recorded an album of punk-rock, 'Piss Factory' in 1974, before becoming a rock star.

Although she always saw herself as a poet, painter and photographer, has influenced several generations of musicians.

Acts on Friday July 16 in the night of the newspaper La Verdad.

Later will be one of the revelations of this year's world music and Staff Benda Bilili Sonidero Desmadre djs.

Tickets cost 30 Euros.

Travel with piles of books, Moleskine notebooks and their old Polaroid.

His first work, a newcomer to New York, was in a bookstore.

Bulgakov eats, Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, Roberto Bolaño ...

but can not drive and has no phone.

Drugs and drink are now just a memory.

Patricia Lee Smith was born in Chicago in 1946, the eldest daughter of a worker and a waitress.

Always claimed that she was not born to be a spectator.

The angry young man from New Jersey, do not forget the date of death of Elvis Presley and the effect of the phases of the moon, lived at 1969 with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the Chelsea Hotel.

There he crossed paths with Jimi Hendrix, Jean-Luc Godard, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg ...

Also with Salvador Dali, which would have called 'Raven Gothic. "

A man's world.

Something I never worried.

"When the feminist movement was booming I did not participate actively because then walked more concerned with my own mental searches. And he would not limit myself to any kind of movement. I think that these movements are extremely important, but I hope the day comes unnecessary. In that we can all be who we really are, "he recently explained to The Observer Amy Raphael.

The pain and sadness accompanied.

For the loss of many of his men: Robert Mapplethorpe, who photographed for the famous cover of 'Horses', which sees a man's white shirt, tie and black jacket over his shoulder took him AIDS, its husband Fred 'Sonic' Youth, MC5 guitarist, died of a heart attack leaving her with two kids, his brother, who was very attached, died suddenly ...

In the fifteen years in Michigan, withdrawal from the stage and addressing the education of their children, wrote several books.

He is always writing.

In disarray.

A novel may be scattered in several notebooks from poems, comments and fragments of a diary.

Says he's going to have to sit for a year to unravel the whole thing.

His latest book, 'Just Kids', has written from diaries, letters and newspapers that care, and is an old promise he made to Robert (Mapplethorpe) a few hours before he died.

'Dream of Life', like the poem by Shelley that Patti Smith borrowed for a disc, the title of the documentary about her that Steven Sebring has been conducted over more than ten years.

Opera aficionado since childhood, Patti Smith participates in poetry readings and continues to give concerts.

Better if it is in places where they could visit the homes or graves of their loved novelists and poets.

The festival 'Word and Music, held in Gijón last March, paid tribute in song to the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño.

And read 'The eye silva' story 'killer whores. "

Finally, after reciting Lorca and Santa Teresa, and sing 'Because the Night "and" People Have the Power', accompanied on acoustic guitar and piano by Lenny Kaye and Tommy Shanahan, the woman who has lived several lives in a invoked "the power of poetry and the power of words."

The writer Manuel Rivas recalled that in 'Easter', Patti Smith proposes not fuck with the past but the future.

Staff Benda Bilili

African motorized wheelchairs and guitars in their hands.

A human story can awaken musical extra attention.

But apart from these disabilities will give us a real lesson in courage, wit and dignity, his music is excellent, a blend of Congolese rumba legendary bands such as Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau with the James Brown funk and rhythms Afro-Cuban and Jamaican.

Staff Benda called Bilili and are a group of street musicians, many of them polio victims living in the vicinity of the old zoo in Kinshasa, they say that animals eaten by people disappeared during the civil war and move on tuneadas a wheelchair-like Harley-Davidson for the poor.

Nor call too much attention to the mad megalopolis, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, along the huge Congo River, with tens of thousands of children abandoned on the streets and in which many of its inhabitants dawn every day thinking about how get something to put in their mouth.

Vital philosophy of the Staff Benda Bilili, fleeing begging, is to be strong and proud.

They earn their living by selling snuff and alcohol at the exit of the finest nightclubs of Kinshasa, working as carpenters, electricians ...

And they tend to repeat that the disability is in the mind not in the legs.

Two fifties, the always elegant Likabu Ricky and Coco Ngambali champions take pulses, are the heads of Bilili Benda (in Lingala mean 'those who see what is in the shade'), its youngest member, Roger, son of Ricky street and protected, has invented the 'satongué', a small guitar made from a can of powdered milk, a piece of fishing net, power cable and a small curved wooden stick inserted into the boat, he plays like Paganini.

The Belgian producer Vincent Kenis, already presented in partnership with Konono N ° 1, also residents of Kinshasa, and creator of the series 'Congotronics' is who has recorded with Staff Benda Bilili the album 'Très très fort' (very strong ) them on the international circuit.

Kenis discovered them thanks to Florent de La Tullaye and Renaud Barret, two French filmmakers who film since 2005, characters from the streets of the urban jungle.

Before coming to La Mar de Músicas, the Congolese will tour Europe from Scandinavia to Greece, because they wait until the Glastonbury festival.

Perhaps these survivors can finally see their dreams come true.

Sonidero Desmadre

There are Sonideros Radio 3 Honky Tonk Music Sea but the DJ's Borja Prieto and Juan Vasquez, who offer their meeting in Cartagena.

The same people who were clicking on Haiti in the room Pasha de Madrid, an initiative of the producer Carlos Jean to raise funds for the victims of the catastrophe of the Indian country, and those who participated in the feast of the Plaza del Rey Madrid for the acts of "Spanish Day" organized by the Cervantes Institute to commemorate the good health of the language spoken by 450 million people.

Tell them they have played in ranches Colombian narcos, who refused to put his albums on the feast of the 15-year-old daughter of Hugo Chavez and who have entertained the orgies of the Tijuana cartel in a yacht on the island father in San Diego, TX.

My Space is sold to these comments are the great chaos of lost sounds, the DJ's favorite celebrities more trash.

Its hallmarks are: a-rhythmic beats, mixed carnivorous and hits hidden in capital letters.

Parties will make you hip moving the skeleton in an orgy of wild sounds.

Nothing to do with DJ .. s named Chachi, and of course the moderneces stab you hear and you go down to your Spotify you or I-pod.

This is a party father fucking great, organized and created by fans of insistent rhythms, tropical and sudacas.

Fiesta, fun, Hawaiian dancers, shouting, dancing scouring ...

are enormous.

You are warned.

Source: Mar de Músicas

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