This Band’s Cumbia Version Of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ Is Celebrating The Immigrant Community
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have a music video almost two year in the making as an ode to immigrant workers. They shot their music video with a group of protesters highlighting the work NDLON has been doing.
In the video, musical group Los Jornaleros del Norte perform a cumbia rendition of Woody Guthrie’s American folk song “This Land Is Your Land.”
After a somber intro, the video comes to life with a rally taking place around the singer.
The lead singer shouts and turns into a wall of posters and dancing activists gathered in Santa Clara, Calif., during an assembly for the NDLON in August of last year.
The song includes some lines about the indigenous peoples that first inhabited North America, before man-made borders were enacted.
Some of the freestyled lyrics, which are sung both in Spanish and English (and featured in text in the video), are “Home of the brave. / The indigenous were first. / They didn’t divide our land. / Thousands of years without the border. “
The singer also calls out those that try to colonize this land, saying “El pueblo está presente. / Our courage makes them cowards.”
The song is a rallying cry to the immigrant community.
CREDIT: Facebook/National Day Laborer Organizing Network
“Nobody living can ever stop me as I go walking that freedom highway. / Nobody living can ever make me turn back. / This land was made for you and me.”
This isn’t the first time Los Jornaleros del Norte has written songs to support the immigrant cause.
For the past 15 years, the group has dedicated themself to singing for the immigrant worker. According to the band’s biography on its official page, the band began in 1995 after an (Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in the City of Industry in California. One of the singers of the band was inspired to write a corrido (ballad) about the event, and now the band’s music is meant to “inform, educate, organize, and mobilize day workers, sensitize the general community about day labor related issues, and denounce the abuses committed against them.”
In 2016, the group performed during a march for the #Fightfor15.
The “This Land is Your Land” video was made in partnership with nearly 50 different immigrant worker organizations including Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), Adelante Alabama Worker Center, CASA Latina and New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE).
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