¡PA' LANTE MI GENTE!

by Jose Conde

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¡PA' LANTE MI GENTE! ,This song (and video) was made during the first two weeks in October 2012 as a spontaneous creative and political act. The song was independently written and recorded by Jose Conde. The video was directed, shot, and edited by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Nicole Betancourt.

"On October 13th we met on the streets of Harlem, New York with a group of friends to shoot the video on 2 small camcorders. Strangers on the street joined in and danced with us! It was an incredibly fun and inspiring day." - Jose

"As artists, the best way that we can participate in the democratic process is through our craft. We made this video because we couldn't be passive in an election that will have such a huge impact on human rights, the arts, and the environment." - Nicole

In 2008 Conde and Betancourt teamed up to create the song and video Respondele a Obama which quickly went viral.

Like the video on Facebook and get updates: www.facebook.com/pages/PA-Lante-with-Obama/461973257179495

YouTube link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaoE-kT1LaE

The song features a collaboration by Cuban American singer Conde (who raps here), middle eastern and flamenco singing by the west coast based Nuriya La Tanita, additional vocals by Cuban singer Roberto Poveda, trumpet by Steve Gluzband, and additional drums by Chris Stromquist. The song was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered in the first two weeks of October 2012 by Conde in his studio in Brooklyn, New York. The music video was shot in Harlem and edited by Emmy award winner Nicole Betancourt and follows up the 2008 viral song and video Respondele a Obama.

lyrics

Let’s speak the truth
Of what is imminent
The time has come to raise our voices
All my people

4 years ago
we elected and responded
We made history
With a positive feeling
Across the nation

And from the moment he started
He faced a massive crisis
A nation in free fall
With his hands he grabbed firmly,
Held on, turned it around
And began to lead
...where?

Forward my people
Don't turn back

And we continue forward
Little by little
Step by step
Slow and fast
Working, preventing, and confronting
problem after problem...

Made worse by the absurdities

They throw in our path


To distract and confuse

With the specific goal
Of setting us back
When we are advancing
And struggling to do
Much more… much much more

Forward my people
Don't turn back

Right now what’s most needed
Is a long-term vision
Taking positive action
That will lead us forward

Who sees
Beyond the economic situation
Who sees
Beyond the fence of immigration
Who sees
People working in the nation
Who sees
Protecting women’s reproductive rights

who sees
renewable energy in every corner
who sees
an environment preserved in every season
who sees
And supports all matrimonial unions
Of every gender any sexual combination
And who sees
with eyes of peace

Forward my people
Don't turn back

And if you want
To save the Earth
Start planting trees and seeds
So our world will not overheat

But now it is necessary
For everyone to show up
For this election that is coming
Because it's clear that one will take us backward
And the other will take us

Forward my people

***********************
Pa Lante – Jose Conde

Pa Lante Mi Gente
Nunca Viren para tras

Vamos hablar verdades…..
De lo que esta pendiente
Porque llego el momento
De alzar la voz con un voto
Toda mi gente

Hace cuatro años atras
elegimos y respondimos
hicimos historia
con positiva emocion
En toda la nacion

Y desde el momento que comenzo
Una crisis masiva el enfrento
Una nacion en libre caida (double spoken)
En sus manos el agarro,
aguanto, viro, y comenzo
a llevar…. (y esa es la clara verdad!)

(coro)
Pa Lante… mi Gente… nunca viren para tras

(Y seguimos adelante)
Poquito a poquito
paso a paso
despacio y rapidito
trabajando…
esquivando y enfrentando
problemas tras problemas

aumentados por cosas tan absurdas y falsa
que tiran en el camino
para distraer
y confundir

con la propuesta meta
de sumbar nos para atras
cuando estamos avancando
y luchando para hacer
mucho mucho mas….
Y seguimos adelante

(coro)
Pa Lante… mi Gente… nunca viren para tras



En este momento lo que mas hace falta
es una larga vision
Con energia positiva en accion
Que nos lleva adelante

Y Que ve
Mas alla de la economica situacion
Que ve
Mas alla de una cerca de migracion
Que ve
Casi todos empleados la nacion
Que ve
Los asuntos de las mujeres intocables
Que ve
Energia renovable en cada rincon
Que ve
Un medio ambiente preservado en cada estacion
Que ve
Y que apolla toda matrimonial union
de cualquier sexo en combinacion

Y Que Ve
Con ojos de la paz…

Pa Lante Mi Gente Nunca Viren para tras

Y si tu quieres la tierra salvar
No tienes que esperar
Ponte a sembrar semillas de arboles
Pa que el mundo no se nos caliente

Pero ahora se necesita
A todos presente
Pa esta elecion vigente
Porque esta claro que uno nos lleva para tras
Y otro que nos lleva
Pa lante mi gente…

credits

released 13 October 2012
This song and video was made during the first two weeks in October 2012 as a spontaneous creative and political act. The song was independently written and recorded by Jose Conde. The video was directed, shot, and edited by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Nicole Betancourt.

"On October 13th we met on the streets of Harlem, New York with a group of friends to shoot the video on 2 small camcorders. Strangers on the street joined in and danced with us! It was an incredibly fun and inspiring day." - Jose

"As artists, the best way that we can participate in the democratic process is through our craft. We made this video because we couldn't be passive in an election that will have such a huge impact on human rights, the arts, and the environment." - Nicole

In 2008 Conde and Betancourt teamed up to create the song and video Respondele a Obama which quickly went viral.

Like the video on Facebook and get updates: www.facebook.com/pages/PA-Lante-with-Obama/461973257179495

YouTube link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaoE-kT1LaE

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