Monday, April 24, 2006

Former Big Mountain Singer Now Singing About Chicano Rights

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Back in 1994, Big Mountain had a big hit with “Baby I Love Your Way” but, these days, the band’s singer, Quino, prefers to tackle big issues like Chicano rights.

In his words, “A lot of us here are technically illegal but, in many ways, this country is illegal.”

Big Mountain’s last album was in 2002 and Quino currently performs with his new reggae band, Quinazo, which performs in both English and Spanish.

He’s temporarily put his new album on hold in order to focus on the May 1 “Day Without A Latino” boycott.

Some Latinos will take the day off from work or school but Quino will be on the job singing at a march near the San Diego- Tijuana border.

In fact, one of his songs, “Living In A Border Town,” is being adopted as the Latino equivalent of “We Shall Overcome” thanks to lyrics like Silly fools in their big green vans/ Viciously attempt to keep a people from their motherland.

Despite his Mexican heritage, Quino is proud to be an American and insists, “You don’t have to respect political boundaries to be someone who contributes.”

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