Issue No. 5 – October 2011

Monica Hanna

Argentinean folk singer and poet Facundo Cabral was murdered in Guatemala this past summer, apparently a casualty of organized criminal assassins who were attempting a hit on the music promoter with whom the singer was traveling.  Cabral was famous for his protest songs and political commitment, particularly during Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s.

Guatemalans ask the world for forgiveness after the death of Facundo Cabral - July 2011

The assassination of the legendary Cabral, along with the example provided by his lifetime of advocating for peace, got us here at Global Graffiti thinking about how music both reflects and affects change in individuals and societies.  The pieces included in this issue tackle this question from a variety of perspectives.

In “Waltz for Siglinda,” a short story by Italian author and activist Clara Sereni (translated by Giulia Po and Monica Hanna), an estranged mother and daughter are brought together by the folk songs that recall not just the daughter’s childhood but also the mother’s political engagement as part of generation ’68.

In the essay “Something in the Key of A,” Anastassiya Andrianova explores how  the various phases of her lifelong love of music intersect with larger questions related to her native Ukraine and her family’s migration to New York.

Michele Nascimento-Kettner writes on the Mangue Beat movement in her piece entitled “Hybridism and Carnivalization in the Mangroves.”  In her essay, Nascimento-Kettner explores this musical form’s origins in the Brazilian town of Recife as well as its culturally hybrid nature.  The author analyzes the possibilities of social change glimpsed by the impact of the Mangue Beat movement in the Pernambuco region in the 1990s.

Angelina Muñiz-Huberman’s essay, “The Legacy of Orpheus in Twentieth Century Art Forms,” translated by Andrea G. Labinger, explores the legacy of Orpheus in poetry, painting, literature, music, and dance of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

We are also happy to present “Carolina,” a musical, bluesy poem by Los Angeles poet Angela Peñaredondo.

Finally, we have a special treat from visual artist Fabio Sassi, who has shared two of his intergalactic Elvises.

Enjoy the issue!

The editors at Global Graffiti are also very excited to announce our theme for issue 6.  At long last, we will be devoting an issue to graffiti and other forms of street art.  Inspired in part by current popular movements taking place in cities and towns across the US, we are interested in exploring public art in all its variations.  We hope to include visual art, critical essays, personal essays, fiction, poetry, and other creative and critical work that explores the phenomenon of street art.  We welcome work that considers both national and international examples of these art forms.  Please submit work that you would like to be considered for inclusion in this issue by January 15, 2012.  As always, you can contact us about submissions or to let us what you think of the issue at


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