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White Jesus

from Op​í​as EP by La Armada

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The song explores colorism; a colonial tool imposed in the Caribbean where shades of skin color determined social status. It’s examined in modernity by telling the story of immigrants who reach a level of comfort within American society and disassociate from the struggles of their communities. The song is built around the punk beat but played with “tumbao”, a slight delay in the kick drum that matches the “mambo” rhythm from the band's native Caribbean.

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Talk with a smirk on your face,
like this fight isn't yours.
Let the building fucking burn.
It’s all the same as before.
White Jesus. Bless the powers that be.
White Jesus. Who continue to be.


Today.
Tomorrow.
Forever.

Just keep your thoughts to yourself and bow down.
So silent.
Stay silent.
Unassuming; on neutral ground.
Single file.
Stay quiet.
Just keep your thoughts to yourself.
Stay silent.
So silent.
Como un buen pendejo.
Culture of self-preservation.
El legado del sumiso.
Hable ahora o calle por siempre.

White Jesus.
Bless the powers that be.
White Jesus.
Who continue to be.
Will we ever be free?

credits

from Op​í​as EP, released July 13, 2021
Written and performed by La Armada
Recorded by Juan Carlos "Kanky" Lora & Jamie Carter
at Electrical Audio (Chicago, IL)
Mixed & Mastered by Matt Qualls at Brass Tracks Recording (Memphis, TN)

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La Armada Chicago, Illinois

Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 and based out of Chicago since 2008, La Armada has carved out a name for themselves locally and nationally with their explosive live show.

In 2020 La Armada will release mini EPs every 3 months under the name "Songs of the Exiled", each one dedicated to one of the places they have called home and that has influenced their views and socio-political stances.
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