So it's November 9, 2009, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of democracy sweeping through Central and Eastern Europe.
As the first original salsa band to come out of the former Soviet Union, we're proud to remember this day, even though quite a few band members (myself not included) were under 5 years old at the time.
At the same time, we're dealing with some frustration. And, unfortunately, I'm even scared to blog about this, which is a shame that I'm scared to exercise some free speech while we say we've come so far. So, before I go on, let me just say that I, Karolina Patocki, am taking this on myself, and am not expressing the views of any other band member in particular.
Presidential elections are coming up in Ukraine, and right when the campaign opened, a mass hysteria started about swine flu in the country. It is true that there are many people sick, but first of all, it is from all flus and respiratory illnesses, and as far as I understand, the statistics this year are not dissimilar to any other year.
Dislocados is organizing the biggest event of our lifetime as a band, and one of the biggest multicultural concerts to this date in Ukraine, intending to open the country up to embrace other cultures and people of different backgrounds working together to enjoy their common passion, regardless of their background.
And yet now there's a talk about a state of emergency in the country, possibly cancelling the upcoming elections for the foreseeable future.
And we are frustrated. We're working for a better Ukraine, for a better unity of international culture in these 20 years of freedom...
Well, we refuse to give in. The show must go on. We're going on with the concert on the planned date of January 23rd. We believe that it will happen and it will be a success, and we ask all Ukrainians to join us.
And as we close with the words of our Plena Pa' Tontos, now you understand why we sing:
A mi me cansa la politica
La economia, la religion
Quiero cantar en armonia
Porque la plena (y nuestra salsa dura) celebra mi pasion.
I'm tired of politics
Of economics, of religion
I want to sing in harmony
Because the plena (and our salsa dura) celebrates my passion.