Music – Film – Books

Calle de la Vida – Santos Diablos

During the last two decades of the 20th century, Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean basin saw the emergence of a trend that adapted global music genres like rock and jazz to local tastes. Panama was no exception; the country pulsed to the beat of groups that played catchy fusion music. Santos Diablos revitalizes this tradition, incorporating new musical influences. The result stirs nostalgia among Generation X, while opening new vistas for younger generations. Tony Martínez C. (voice and percussion), Ariel Sanmartín Méndez (voice and rhythm guitar), Boris Allara (lead guitar), Leo Goldfarb (voice and drums), Luis Valencia (bass), and David Gómez (lead singer) make up the band.

Dolor y gloria 

Director: Pedro Almódovar
Cast:  Antonio Banderas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Penélope Cruz, Asier Etxeandía.

As we’ve come to expect from this Spanish director, this film is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. It also marks Almodovar’s return to male protagonists for the first time since La mala educación (Bad Education). Salvador Mallo (Banderas), a film director at the end of his career, remembers all those who, in one way or another, helped shape his work, including characters such as his lover (Sbaraglia) and his mother (Cruz).

Thou Shalt Not Kill – Julia Navarro

Fernando, the son of a disgraced Republican fighter, joins his friends Catalina and Eulogio in fleeing a Spain crippled by Civil War. Thou Shalt Not Kill looks at the bleak lives of those on the losing side: their guilt, their silences, their regrets, and the punishing demons that follow those who choose exile. The novel takes the forlorn trio to settings as intriguing as the Alexandria of the Second World War, occupied Paris, Prague, Boston, and Santiago (Chile), among others. Thou Shalt Not Kill features the same full-bodied narrative and dizzying rhythm of the author’s previous works Tell Me Who I Am and Shoot, I’m Already Dead.,