Calle 13

"There are two things that slow the development of individuals and peoples: fear and censorship. The people of Vieques forgot the fear and many Puerto Ricans came together until they managed to get the U.S. Navy, after 60 years destroying beaches, marine life, health, the environment and their land, to stop the bombing of their island. Vieques is now in the process of recovering and rebuilding. A public radio station like Radio Vieques (WVQR 90.1 FM) can represent for Vieques, and for all Puerto Ricans, uncensored voice. If anything has characterized Calle 13 is not letting messages people are silenced by the economic interests of governments. We must defend freedom of expression and the best way to promote it is to practice it.” 

Rei Ortiz

"Music is the soul of a people." For this reason, we are those who hear. There is an immense need for change and nurture the soul music and meaningful lyrics that transforms the heart."

Jared Tyler

Miriam Pérez

"I grew up listening to public media and I am a strong supporter of it."

 

Miriam A Perez Cruz, born in San Sebastian, had become an adoptive daughter of Rincon. She has been recognized for her melodic and deep voice whose adds a wonderful touch to each note she performs. She is also known for the sentiment, depth and vocal prowess of this Puerto Rican singer-songwriter.

Miriam learned to sing and play the guitar by ear, skills she polished at the Interamerican University in San German, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Education. Later, she studied a Master Degree in Supervision and Administration of Schools. In addition to be a singer, she is an educator. For the past 12 years, she has been the Director of Jorge Seda Crespo Middle School.

In 2005, Miriam decided to explore a solo career, thus bringing together her two great passions; music and education. Since then she has recorded three albums and is working on her fourth production. She prefers the Bohemia (sultry touch songs), Boleros (sensual ballads) and Nueva Trova (Latin America songs with social contents). "I love songs that carry social messages."

MC Natra y Lady M

Somos un duo dimàmico que lleva màs o menos diez años en la creaciòn de mùsica Hip-Hop Latino. Hasta ahora hemos hecho dos producciones discogràficas y estamos en el proceso de crear nuestra tercer disco. Nuestra mùsica se enfoca mayormente en la justicia social, el amor patriòtico y hacer llegar la historia verdadera de nuestra isla a las personas y a nuestros jòvenes. Hemos participado en diferentes producciones con otros artistas del Hip-Hop Latino. Eso es todo por hora. !ESPEREN LA RESISTENCIA!Somos un duo dimàmico que lleva màs o menos diez años en la creaciòn de mùsica Hip-Hop Latino. Hasta ahora hemos hecho dos producciones discogràficas y estamos en el proceso de crear nuestra tercer disco. Nuestra mùsica se enfoca mayormente en la justicia social, el amor patriòtico y hacer llegar la historia verdadera de nuestra isla a las personas y a nuestros jòvenes. Hemos participado en diferentes producciones con otros artistas del Hip-Hop Latino. Eso es todo por hora. !ESPEREN LA RESISTENCIA!

Malcolm Holcombe

Willie Nelson and Family

"Willie and the Nelson Family are honored to include our version of "A Peaceful Solution" on Artists for Media Diversity's Virtual Album. This song that was born from a dream now has a chance to bring to reality the dreams of the people of Puerto Rico and her sister island, Vieques. Music can and will heal the world."

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Charanga Cakewalk

Los Bandidos Cósmicos

"Los Bandidos Cosmicos are proud to have their song "Antenitas" included on Artists for Media Diversity's virtual album. Diversity of all kinds is what we and our song "Antenitas" are all about and we stand behind the establishment of Radio Vieques."

Tito Auger

Tito Auger - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Roy Brown - vocals, Tony Ascencio - bass, Tao Rodriguez-Seeguer - banjo, Tato Santiago - keyboards

Zoraida Santiago

“Vieques has been an example of struggle and determination for Puerto Rico and the world. The Island deserves to have a community radio station as a powerful tool with which to work positively towards the resolution of their many problems, most of whom are as a result of its use as a military practice course.”

Antonio Cabán Vale - El Topo

Antonio Cabán Vale, a.k.a. "El Topo" (born November 22, 1942), is a guitarist, singer and composer of  Puerto Rican folkloric themes. He is one of the founders of the "new song" movement (Spanish: nueva canción) of the early 1970s. His danza Verde Luz (Green Light) became a popular symbol of national dignity, to the point that it is viewed by many as almost a second national anthem, and has been interpreted by international singers.

Pavel Urkiza

"Por solidarizarme con la causa del pueblo de Vieques, para que recuperen sus aguas y tierras limpias, fuera de cualquier peligro por la contaminación, aportar un granito de arena a la causa de sus habitanates en la reivindicación de sus derechos."

"In solidarity with the cause of the people of Vieques, to recover their lands and waters clean off any danger from pollution, contribute a bit to the cause of their inhabitants in claiming their rights."

Sihasin

Brother and sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation in Northern Arizona have created their own unique brand of music with bass and drums. They grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Their music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.

Chabela Rodriguez

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Roy Brown

Roy Brown celebró sus 35 años en la lucha cultural con su concierto "35 años de Trayectoria" del mismo nombre el pasado 8 de febrero (2004) en el Centro de Bellas Artes en San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Con la sala Antonio Paoli casi a capacidad puertorriqueños de todas las edades asistieron a un concierto que sin duda alguna representó tanto para Roy como para los presentes un acto de reafirmación nacional.

Roy Brown, acompañado por el grupo Trova Nostra, por espacio de ofreció un concierto de ventidós canciones y dos ñapas. El primer tiempo fue un viaje cronológico a través del cual la audencia recordó, revivió, se enteró y aprendió un aspecto de la historia de Puerto Rico. Los mayores, los que recuerdan a Roy en templetes callejeros junto a Pepe y Flora, al Topo, al Grupo Tahone, entre otros, revivieron unos años en los cuales la protesta panfletera era necesaria, la canción de protesta se convertìa en consigna:

"Fuego, fuego los yankis quieren fuego".

Roy Brown también nos recordó la musicalización de poemas de dos de los más grandes poetas nacionales: Clemente Soto Vélez (Arboles) y Juan Antonio Corretjer (Boricual en la luna y Oubau Moin) con la cual cerró el concierto.

La segunda parte del concierto la dedicó a sus más recientes temas e introdujo al público a las canciones de su próxima grabación Balcòn del Fin del Mundo, (marzo, 2004). Además cantó Ofelia, un poema del gran amigo y poeta Edwin Reyes.

Y mientras los que vieron a Roy en los templetes recordaban, cantaban a coro y hacìan su propio recorrido, los más jóvenes aprendìan, conociàn un aspecto de la historia de Puerto Rico que todavìa no se encuentra en los libros de texto escolares: la trayectoria de la lucha cultural y nacional.

Esa noche en Bellas Artes a traves de su música, Roy Brown se convirtió en maestro, sicólogo, sociólogo, historiador y terapista cuando desde el escenario cantó la historia nacional, la historia de la lucha cultural en los últimos 35 años.

Los Lonely Boys

The story of how the Garza brothers – vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist and drummer/ vocalist Ringo – rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. But the story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling. In 2013, they canceled 43 shows and paused work on their last album, Revelation, after Henry was seriously hurt when he fell from a stage in Los Angeles. A couple of years previously, vocal cord nodules had forced Jojo to stop singing for months. And in 2015, their mother passed away.

Their strong brotherly bond helped them through those rough spots – just as it did when they made the hard decision to step out from under their father’s musical leadership and form their own band after performing with him since childhood. The desire to follow their musical muse still drives them today, according to Jojo.

“There is no rest for those who are chosen to be musicians,” he says. “Ideas for songs are constant. We are being charged with what will be spread through our songs. We want to make music that brings people together.

“We’re all about having a good time, but we also make an effort to write about subjects that matter. Life, death, love, hate, compassion, transgression, light, darkness, truth; they’re what we’ve always been about. We’re not interested in songs about how you look and what kind of car you drive and how much money you have. We want to create music that’s about the love and energy and spirit we all carry. It comes from a bigger source than ourselves.”

Patricia Vonne

"I support Radio Vieques and their continuing dedication to their struggle for peace and justice."

Mikie Rivera

Letra y música: Mikie Rivera

Creo verte en los cristales, al otro lado de la lluvia, en el aire que no puedo respirar.
En la luz de los balcones, dando saltos al vacío, Haciendo piruetas a mi alrededor;

Asomándote detrás de lo espejos,
Tripulante del silencio, disidente de las discreciones.

Creo verte en el aliento del amante en retirada Tragándose el sudor de su sombra; Inventando laberintos, maniatando soledades entre el asfalto y el espanto;

En la mirada abandonada
del recién llegado al naufragio en la avenida.

Ando pintando tus ojos en los ojos de todos, Tu voz en el vacío, tus labios en los míos; Ando inventando el edredón de tus pasos, Buscándote, perdiéndote.

Luis Rodríguez

"Radio Vieques is a project I have known since its beginnings, when I worked at Taller Ce. I have seen the commitment and effort throughout all these years, thus creating a voice for many communities. I am very proud of all their work and of being able to participate in another effort to make this collective dream grow."

Singer-songwriter and composer. Luis has a BA from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's Degree of the University of Massachusetts. He studied guitar under Juan Sorroche and composition with Dr. Carlos Cabrer, Dr. Brice Mccombe and Dr. Salvatore Macchia. In 2000 he was co- founder of the afro-caribbean music Iyawó. In 2003, he co-founded Taller Ce, the first singer-songwriter cooperative in Puerto Rico, and acted as vice-president, producer, sound engineer and director of the Arts School. In 2006 he created Nudo, a musical group that performed songs with jazz elements and afro-caribbean rhythms. As a composer, Luis Rodríguez has worked with several ballet, theatre and dance companies and directors. Among them: The Misa Table, UMass Theater Department, Ballet Lili Castro, Ballet Municipal San Juan, Ballet la Perla, Desiderátum Inc., Patricia Hernández and Rosa Luisa Márquez. As a singer songwriter he has performed in numerous venues and travelled to countries such as Venezuela, United States, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Spain.