‘Cara al sol’ is one of the singles from the upcoming album “Lo olvidado” by Puerto Rican rapcore duo Yuca Brava. I hit up the band’s DM to get some more info about the release. Félix Castro, one half of YB, told me about the inspiration behind the song.
The song is based on a piece from a Jose Marti’s poem “Versos Sencillos XXlll”: “No me pongan en lo oscuro a morir como un traidor, yo soy bueno y como bueno moriré de cara al sol” which roughly translates to “Don’t put me in the dark to die like a traitor, I’m good and as such I’ll die with my face towards the sun”.
With the new single, the band intends to pay tribute to all people fighting injustice around the world. Félix tells me that more often than not there is a collective noise drowning the actions of hardworking activists or their efforts are completely overlooked by mainstream media. But they shall not go unnoticed or forgotten.
“We want to send a message to the people who are day by day in the streets fighting without expecting anything in return or aware that they will not see the fruits of their struggle but still keep going forward. We may die, but we will die facing the sun, knowing that what had to be done was done.”
‘Cara al sol’ drops today, Friday Jan. 27, and is available on all streaming platforms. Check out more of Yuca Brava’s music via their webpage and social media: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube | Instagram