Diamante Eléctrico reflects on Gender Roles in “Los Chicos Si Lloran”
Diamante Eléctrico is releasing a song and a music video for “Los Chicos Sí Lloran” (see here).
Everything Juan and Daniel want to say about “Los Chicos Sí Lloran” is in the following manifesto:
LOS CHICOS SÍ LLORAN (BOYS DO CRY)
“Don’t cry, don’t be a sissy”
“Sit down like a lady”
“Without talking you look prettier”
“Be a man”
“A lady doesn’t talk like that”
Since when does our gender define who we are? Babies are born and families are already thinking about whether to buy everything blue or pink, whether to be a princess or a warrior, whether to buy them toy cars or Barbies, all this prior to becoming what they choose to be.
Until when? Then, can a human being, because he is what he was born to be or because he was imposed by patriarchal schemes, earn more money, have more hair on his body, vote, express himself freely and even decide for the body of his female peers that they do not?
We always have more questions than answers.
We don’t want to be superheroes, we didn’t come here to save anyone, no one wants to be rescued here, the only thing that we do here is being silent. Silence for centuries of mourning, silence to what they have been trying to tell us over the years, silence for our complicit silence. And then, a revolution. A revolution without gender or visible faces.
We have news for you, the boys do cry, the girls do fight and the genders between them are the raw material of what our society has to be made of in the future.
BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE, HOW YOU WANT TO BE.
Diamante Eléctrico is one of the most exciting bands to come out of Colombia in the past few years. They have brought their infectious live show to some of the most important festivals in the world like Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Vive Latino, SWSX, Rock Al Parque and Eurockenness. They played with the Foo Fighters and The Rolling Stones, they have Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top on one of their songs, they even have 3 GRAMMY´s, two for best rock album and one best rock song, is there anything left to say? Their most recent album Buitres & Co. featuring Enrique Bunbury, Vicente García, Alison Mosshart from The Kills and many others, speaks to the band’s determination to earn a place in the history of alternative music.
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