Samstag, 23. Oktober 2021

Ali Primera ‎– Canción Para Los Valientes - En Solidaridad Con La Resistencia Chilena (1974)

Alí Rafael Primera Rosell (31 October 1941 – 16 February 1985) was a Venezuelan musician, composer, poet, and political activist. He was born in Coro, Falcón State, Venezuela and died in Caracas. He was one of the best known representatives of Nueva canción ("new song") in Venezuela – his songs "condemning exploitation and repression, and celebrating resistance, struck a chord among a wide public," and he is popularly known in Venezuela as El Cantor del Pueblo (The People's Singer). In 2005, the government of Venezuela declared his music to be an example of the national heritage of Venezuela.

Alí Primera was baptized as Rafael Sebastián Primera Rosell by his parents Antonio Primera and Carmen Adela Rossell. He was known as Alí because due to the Arabic background of his grandparents. Living in poverty since childhood, Primera's father, Antonio, died when he was three. Antonio, who served as an official in Coro, died accidentally during a shooting incident that occurred when some prisoners tried to escape from the local prison in 1945. As Primera was still quite young when his father died, he travelled with his mother and two siblings through different towns on the Paraguaná Peninsula, including San José, Caja de Agua (where he graduated from elementary school), Las Piedras and finally La Vela de Coro, located near Punto Fijo. It was in this town that Primera worked a number of odd jobs, from a shoeshiner at the age of 6 to a boxer, due to the miserable conditions his family lived in. These jobs did not, however, discourage him from continuing his studies.

In 1960, Primera and his family left La Vela looking for a better life and moved to Caracas, where he enrolled in the Liceo Caracas in order to complete his education. After he graduated in 1964, he enrolled at the Central University of Venezuela to study Chemistry at the Faculty of Science. While at the university, he started singing and composing music. At first, it was a just a hobby for him, but it gradually came to take up all of his time. His first songs, "Humanidad" and "No basta rezar", the latter of which was presented at the Festival of Protest Songs organized by the Universidad de los Andes in 1967, propelled him to fame.

Between 1969 and 1973, Primera lived in Europe thanks to a scholarship he received in 1968 from the Communist Party of Venezuela to continue his studies in Romania. Once in Europe, he earned a living by washing dishes and occasionally sang in places that respected his work. He recorded his first album "Gente de mi tierra" in a studio in Germany. Primera's compositions talk about the suffering of the people, destroyed by poverty and social inequality. Because of his songs, he quickly made his way into the hearts of the people and soon became known as El Cantor del Pueblo or The People's Singer.

Although workers and oppressed people in Venezuela quickly began to identify with his songs, Ali was the subject of a veto by the media and the government in office in Venezuela due to the radicalism of the subjects exposed in his music. This boycott led him to found his own record label, Cigarrón, to more easily release his music. Cigarrón's commercial distribution was handled by the Promus record company.

After serving in the Communist Youth of Venezuela (Juventud Comunista de Venezuela) and in the Communist Party of Venezuela, Primera participated in the political beginnings of a new party called the Movement for Socialism, working during the first electoral campaign of José Vicente Rangel in 1973. By this time, he was considered one of the most prominent and popular composers in Venezuela and, broadly, Latin America. From 1973 until his death, he recorded 13 full-length albums and participated in numerous festivals throughout Latin America. Among Alí's best known songs are "Paraguaná, paraguanera", "José Leonardo", "Techos de cartón", "Cruz Salmerón Acosta" (dedicated to the Venezuelan poet of the same name), "Reverón" (in memory of the painter Armando Reverón), "Flora y Ceferino", and "Canción mansa para un pueblo bravo ".

Alí played at factories, schools, union buildings, and, frequently, the Aula Magna of the Central University of Venezuela, his alma mater.

Two scholars of the works of Alí Primera, Jesus Franquis and Andrés Castillo, noted that even though his work was considered within the genre of protest songs, which became popular in Venezuela between 1970 and 1980, Primera insisted on always calling his genre "Canción Necesaria" ("necessary songs").

In Barquisimeto Primera met his future wife, Sol Musset, who herself had just won the "La Voz Liceista" contest and who subsequently appeared at the "Los Venezolanos primero" festival in 1977. The couple had five children: María Fernanda and María Angela, now residents in Canada, as well as Sandino, Jorge, Servando, Florentino and Juan Simón.

Primera died in a car accident on 16 February 1985 on the Autopista Valle-Coche in Caracas. Before his death, Alí Primera had begun recording a new album at the end of 1984 that combined the recurring themes of his songs with beats that he had never used before such as the gaita from the Zulia State of Venezuela......

The album "Canción Para Los Valientes" was released in Sweden by the "Svenska Chilekomittén" and in Finland by the "Suomi-Chile-Seura" as "Chile-kampen Går Vidare" and "Chilen Kansa Ei Ole Yksin".

The Svenska Chilekommittén ('Chile Committee') was an organization in Sweden, dedicated to solidarity work with Chile. Chilekommittén was a non-partisan socialist and anti-imperialist movement. It existed in Sweden between 1971 and 1991.


Canción Para Los Valientes
Solo Para Adultos
Dios Se Lo Cobre
Cunaviche Adentro
Tu Palabra
Mama Pancha
Hacen Mil Hombres
José Leonardo
Los Pies De Mi Niña
Esclavo De Esclavos

Ali Primera ‎– Canción Para Los Valientes - En Solidaridad Con La Resistencia Chilena (1974)
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