Bi-lingual reggae band rocks the House of Blues

Bi-lingual reggae band rocks the House of Blues

by Hayley Spence

Music is a language all its own, whether the lyrics are in English, Spanish or Italian. It can be understood by anyone willing to listen. On Tuesday April 22, Gondwana performed at the House of Blues San Diego for a venue filled with variety, proving you don’t need to know the language to enjoy the art.

Gondwana was founded 27 years ago in La Pincoya, a region in Santiago, Chile. Since then the group has performed all across South America, in Jamaica and North America, standing the test of time throughout the years and continuing in their success even now.

The doors to House of Blues opened at 8 p.m. for the show, and by 8:30 p.m. there was no more room in front of the stage as fans moved as close as they could to get the best view of the band. Long lines at the bar and a loud, steady buzz of voices with multiple different languages being heard all around mixed with laughter. It was a welcoming scene, and a relaxed vibe rolled through the crowd.

Once the show began, it was clear the band knew they had drawn all walks of life to their show, shouting greetings in both English and Spanish before jumping right into the music. There’s something about a band that thoroughly enjoys playing for its fans, because the place came alive. Different groups mingled, danced and sang along together while the band members performed.

This is the language of music—the ability to bring people from all walks of life together to one place for one night of music full of love and revolution. I didn’t want the show to end. I wanted to stay there, in that place where no one hated each other and everyone got along, no matter skin color, culture or what language they were speaking.

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 Courtesy of Gondwana

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