Barlovento

Author:
Eduardo Serrano
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January – February 1974

This is one of the songs the band Los de Chacabuco arranged and performed at the weekly show authorised by the military.

The shows were held in a large compound (which could hold over 1,000 people) that was prepared by the prisoners themselves. A stage had been built at a height enabling a good view of the artists.

The song “Barlovento”, as was the case with all the group’s arrangements, was rehearsed in an improvised venue (an old miners’ house) that the musicians had adapted for that purpose in the Civic District, on a street near the camp entrance.

The lyrics include the word "conuquero", referring to a person who works on a "conuco" - a small plot of land used for subsistence agriculture.


Published on: 11 November 2015

Clandestine recording made by political prisoners in Chacabuco in 1974.


Barlovento, Barlovento
fiery land of the drum
land of fulías* and refined black women
who take their tight waist
to the festivity
to the sound of the curbeta**
and the tackity-tacky of the mina***.

How tastily the body moves
the Barlovento woman as she walks
How tastily the tackity-tacky-tacky 
of the mina.

Let the conuqueros**** come
for the dance of San Juan
Let the conuqueros come
for the dance of St John.

The mina is tuned up
to play the tackity-tacky-titá
ticky-ticky-tacky-titá
ticky-tacky-tá.