Who doesn’t talk about the environment these days?
Today, being green and caring about our planet are key elements in our society. In recent years, saving the earth and protecting our natural resources have become top priorities for many individuals and groups, including the government.
There is no doubt about it: The world has turned green. But did you know that venerating the earth was a high priority for ancient civilizations?
In Latin America, numerous pre-Columbian cultures were deeply committed to LaMadre Tierra (Mother Earth). For many of them, the earth was a feminine god that fertilized and produced life. For this reason, they celebrated a variety of festivities in her honor.
Today, la tierra continues to be a major character in Latin celebrations. Its existence is honored with gatherings filled with food, dance and, of course, music. In fact, music is a great example of the deep admiration that Latin cultures feel for our planet and its various elements.
Here on OurStage, we have a number of songs that speak about Latin music’s profound appreciation of the earth. Let’s start with “Tierra Buena” by Paulo Mollo, a song that compares the freshness of the earth with that of a new relationship. Originally from Argentina, Paulo won the Latin Channel prize in December with the song “Aire” which literally means “air” and talks about the joys of breathing deeply and feeling liberated.
For a more tropical tribute to the earth, play “Fuego Sobre La Tierra” by Kephas, a fun and exciting song about the magnitude of fire as an element that brings warmth and happiness.
Are you in a mission to save the planet? Become a fan of choloman, an artist from Peru that combines South American music with sounds from country, bluegrass and others. Play “Por un mundo nuevo” a cover about the future of our planet by the Bolivian band Los Kjarkas, one of the most popular Andean pop bands in the country’s recent history.
If you are into multi-layered lyrics, play “De la Tierra a sus Hombres” and “Savia y Natura” by Kafod. Both of these songs talk about nature but only figuratively. They used the words to communicate deeper meanings, such as pain, loneliness and confusion.
In love with la tierra? Smart choice! Trust us, when it comes to the earth, Latin music couldn’t be greener or more exciting. Enjoy this playlist. ¡Provecho!