Silvio Rodriguez Performs at Presidential Gala in Argentina

silvio_rodriguez_2(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez flew to Argentina on Sunday, invited by President Nestor Kirchner to perform at the gala on Tuesday celebrating his first year in office and the 194 anniversary of the Revolution of May.

Before boarding his flight, Silvio told Prensa Latina that he was “honored by the invitation and very happy with the opportunity to share the stage with artists from Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.”

Rodriguez returned to Argentina cinco years after he last performed there. The concert included the participation of Spanish singer-songwriter Luis Eduardo
Aute and the special performance of the Uruguayan band of street musicians Falta y Resto, the most applauded. Argentine musicians Charly Garcia, Victor Heredia, Juan Carlos Baglietto, Adriana Varela, Ignacio Copani, Lito Vitale, Teresa Parodi, and the group Super Ratones also participated in the gala.

The stage, in front of the Presidential “Casa Rosada,” in the square where native Argentineans gathered on May 25, 1810 to demand the end of Spanish administration and created the first Argentine government, received Rodriguez with an ovation. He sang 10 of his classics, including “Playa Giron”, “Sueños de serpientes”, “Historia de las sillas”, “Solo el amor”, “A donde van”, “Te doy una cancion” and “Cita con Angeles,” the latter along with Victor Heredia. He expressed his appreciation for the invitation before starting to play and closed with “Pequena serenata diurna.” The night closed with rock musician Charly Garcia´s rendition of his modern version of the Argentine National Anthem, accompanied by a Chilean music band.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.