Illustration: Mayo Bous.
Illustration: Mayo Bous.

Playlist to go jail

6 minutes / Magazine AM:PM

28.10.2020 / Playlists

Prior to July 9, 2020, Cuban law was absolutely relentless with the use and possession of cannabis. After the publication in the Official Gazette No. 36 Extraordinary of 2020 of Resolution 23 of the Ministry of Public Health, its position is more extreme and prohibitionist. On a planet that in recent years has reexamined the relationship between society and cannabis and other psychoactive stimulants of natural origin - due to the network of prejudices associated with their use that are not validated by science and, especially, by their recognized and growing therapeutic uses - the Cuban health and government authorities not only decide to ignore the wide discussions that are being held at this time in this regard, but they are entrenched and even prohibit - in a somewhat ambiguous way - any product that refers to these substances.

Magazine AM: PM aligns itself with those who advocate an unbiased and horizontal conversation about the use of natural drugs such as marijuana, and for this reason it shares with you this fun playlist that shows (or so it seems to us), from very early in the century XX, how our musicians have not been oblivious to its charms.

Manteca / Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie 

One of the founding stones of Afro-Cuban jazz. The Dizzy and Chano thing was love at the first chord. Recorded in 1947, Manteca was a pioneering jazz standard in the use of the harpsichord, and heralded the invasion of Cuban tumbaos in the genre. The "butter" in the title is one of the many street slang names for marijuana.

La cachimba de San Juan / Ignacio Piñeiro 

This genius that gave the Cuban son a letter of habanerity was composed at the beginning of the 1930s by His Majesty Ignacio Piñeiro, and recorded by the Don Aspiazu orchestra in 1932. Within it the author ponders the mystery of the fumatorio artifact that "no one wants to let go "or that" removes the pains from the heart ", showing off the dissimilar playful and sensual senses that an apparently innocent text can contain.

Los chamacos (fumando marihuana) / Orquesta de Antonio María Romeu

The ephemeral life of the danzonete, after the coronation of the son in Havana in the 20s of the last century, made Antonio María Romeu invite several voices from sonora to record pieces that account not only to the changes in the preferences of the dancers, but to the transformation of an urban mentality through the imprint of that are irreverent and oblique. In this track the capital is reflected through its short text and a single chorus pass as the quintessential space for "vacillate" and freedoms, extolling those smoking kids. Yes, it is the year 1931, although it may not seem like it.

Sacacorchos y cartucho / Pavel Urquiza

Included in Síntomas de Fe (Manzana, 1999), the third album by the duo Gema and Pavel, was a kind of anthem for young Cuban emigrants in that end of the century Madrid. After the harsh existential description of the first paragraph ("The days are like a toothache / the hours burn / If you get inside you can no longer go out / The least expected day you send everything to hell / Every time life gives us less reasons to laugh”), the choir resolves with an invitation to “climb” on the star.

Tremendo prende / Chocolate MC

From when Chocolate was still Nestlé and the casting throne had not been secured. Yosvani made in this song from 2011 an ode to those ‘’bonches’’ in which the night is squeezed to the fullest if you go well "turn on." We neither confirm nor deny.

La Mata / El Niño y La Verdad

In 2017 Emilio Frías published The truth arrived (Egrem), album in which this song appears, where El Niño is seriously thinking about becoming a small farmer (“even if he doesn't have a farm or tractor”) because things are tough. His plant will give him money and will keep the people happy and acelera’o. In the end, he never says what he is going to crop, but neither the mango nor the avocado takes one away, Emilito.

Para reír un poco / Silvito el Libre 

In this song Silvito - accompanied by Diego Hernández on guitar - makes a reggae defense of marijuana. In ‘’To laugh a little’’, published on his 2018 album Breathe, he lashes out at the stigmata of the plant. It is not the solution to your problems, he tells us, but it will definitely make you feel better. With the face divided and the mustache burned / Oscar Sánchez

Con la cara partía y el bigote quema’o / Oscar Sánchez

This collage-song brings together stanzas by El Gamba and Andrés Pérez, and a montuno by Marbis Manzanet. Meanwhile, Oscar Sánchez - with that talent for telling stories from the playful (with his touch of relaxation) - describes a journey with his vision blurred leaving from Holguín to Quivicán, in which he rides planes, bicycles, trucks and stiff machines. A trip that seems "dreamy" to him, lying at Maya's house.

La patika / El Kamel feat. Antonella 

The culture of smoking in a group, of sharing, is present in this theme, where “la talla se pone mas rica” just after taking a good drag on “la patika”. El Kamel joins Antonella on a very repartero track, a song that - as they themselves announce - “why an explanation.?”.

Me lo fumo to’ / José Luis Medina 

This song is part of the only solo album (Me traen de los mares, 2016) by the most permanent member of the Habana Abierta project. In this first cut, Medina goes through that rock and playful vein with which he has left memorable pieces and that Athanai as a producer exploits to the full, everything that fits in a good puff: sadness, beauty, love, transcendent and also insignificant things ... Life.

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