William Cardona visits Caracas, Venezuela. Seeing is believing.



Colombian William Cardona is visiting Caracas and he makes the comment that he is not encountering the isolation, misery and sadness that has been depicted by the news reports. He says it feels normal like any other Latin American city. In the first video he is standing with his companions in front of Don Coco, one of the many businesses in Venezuela which offer different products from green and dry coconuts - water, pulp, oil, ice cream, drinks, sweets. The other videos show an open air plaza where people are enjoying themselves, a visit to the Caracas Metro which provides free transport to commuters, a conversation with his companion Margarita, an exploration of the Centro Comercial Capitolio, the Plaza de Bolivar, an indoor market, a conversation with a fish vendor, a meeting with students, a visit to an open air market and a visit to a school which is participating in the Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas and we are shown the stock of musical instruments supplied free for the education of the children and treated to a wonderful performance by two students. One child gives a rousing rendition of "Imagen de Venezuela" while his companion accompanies him on the cuatro. I am reposting this entire series of videos because of this last video. The child's song says it all for me.























IMAGEN DE VEZUELA
By Armando Martinez

Soy la voz que lleva el canto de mi llano señorial
Soy la risa del capacho que se escucha en el palmar.

 Soy la voz que lleva el canto de mi llano señorial
Soy la risa del capacho que se escucha en el palmar.


I am the voice that carries the song from my grand plain
I am the laughter of the capacho that is heard in the palm grove.

Son mis canciones para mi tierra por ser tan pura
por ser tan bella como el sol radiante cuando empieza amanecer,
como el sol radiante cuando empieza amanecer.

They are my songs for my land for being so pure,
for being so beautiful like the radiant sun when dawn breaks,
like the radiant sun when dawn breaks.

Siento la música recia que va metida en mis venas y esta tan unida a mi
como la playa a la arena, como las hojas al árbol
como la luz a las estrellas, como el amor a un te quiero
como el dolor a las penas.


I feel the strong music that goes into my veins and is so close to me
as the beach to the sand, as the leaves to the tree
as light to the stars, as love to an "I love you"
as pain to sorrows.

Los cuatros vientos del llano unidos a mi cantar
van regalándole al mundo de mi patria un postal.

Los cuatros vientos del llano unidos a mi cantar
van regalándole al mundo de mi patria un postal.


The four winds of the plain united to my singing
are giving to the world a postcard from my homeland.

Que van sabanas, un chaparral
playas y mares y un cocotal
 
y de la Guayana una selva tropical.
y de la Guayana una selva tropical.

Sending savannahs, a chaparral
beaches and seas and a cocotal
and from Guayana, a tropical jungle,
and from Guayana, a tropical jungle.

Que van nieves de los andes, de Margarita una perla
el oro negro zuliano que mil riquezas reflejan
que va un cantado donde digo, que mi patria es la mas bella
viva la música nuestra
y que viva Venezuela!


Sending snows of the Andes, from Margarita, a pearl
Zulian black gold that reflect a thousand riches
sending a song where I say that my country is the most beautiful
Long live our music!
and long live Venezuela!

Muchas gracias, William Cardona, por hacer esto y permitirnos acompañarte en esta viaje. ¡Que viva Venezuela!

Thank you, William Cardona, for making the effort to do this outreach and for allowing us to accompany you as you visit. Long live Venezuela!

If you are interested in the videos from William Cardona's ongoing tour, please visit his Youtube channel.

Which brings me to the question which has been on my mind. Have any individuals or groups from the Caribbean visited Venezuela this year to make their own assessments? 

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