Music for a Sunday: Comandante Amigo

These two songs were both originally dedicated to Che Guevara, the original “Comandante Amigo” of Latin American revolutionaries everywhere. But without much adaptation, I think they could also serve to commemorate another Comandante Amigo, one who just passed over recently, and also far too young.

First, Carlos Puebla’s classic:

And then there’s this one from the great Venezuelan folk singer, Alí Primera…often quoted and even sung by Chavecito himself (once, famously, to Che’s own daughter, Aleida):

“When there is no more water in the great Paraná, then, Comandante Amigo, maybe then, you will leave us.”

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