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Comandante Che Guevara

A graffiti mural on a wall in Bariloche, Argentina. Che Guevara was a hero in Argentina!

 

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928 - October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia within popular culture.

 

Ernesto Guevara was born to Celia de la Serna y Llosa and Ernesto Guevara Lynch on June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, the eldest of five children in an Argentine family of Spanish, Basque and Irish descent. In lieu of his parents' surnames, his legal name (Ernesto Guevara) will sometimes appear with de la Serna, or Lynch accompanying it. In reference to Che's "restless" nature, his father declared "the first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels."

 

Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs, and films. As a result of his perceived martyrdom, poetic invocations for class struggle, and desire to create the consciousness of a "new man" driven by moral rather than material incentives; he has evolved into a quintessential icon of various leftist-inspired movements.

 

Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, while an Alberto Korda photograph of him entitled Guerrillero Heroico, was declared "the most famous photograph in the world."

 

Hasta siempre Comandante

Music and lyrics by Carlos Puebla, 1965 (Cuba)

 

Aprendimos a quererte

desde la histórica altura

donde el sol de tu bravura

le puso cerco a la muerte.

Estribillo:

 

Aquí se queda la clara,

la entrañable transparencia,

de tu querida presencia

Comandante Che Guevara.

 

Tu mano gloriosa y fuerte

sobre la historia dispara

cuando todo Santa Clara

se despierta para verte.

 

Estribillo

 

Vienes quemando la brisa

con soles de primavera

para plantar la bandera

con la luz de tu sonrisa.

 

Estribillo

 

Tu amor revolucionario

te conduce a nueva empresa

donde esperan la firmeza

de tu brazo libertario.

 

Estribillo

 

Seguiremos adelante

como junto a ti seguimos

y con Fidel te decimos:

!Hasta siempre, Comandante!

 

Estribillo

 

 

"Hasta Siempre, Comandante, or simply "Hasta Siempre" is a 1965 Spanish song by Cuban composer Carlos Puebla. The song's lyrics are a reply to revolutionary Che Guevara's farewell letter when he left Cuba, in order to foster revolution in the Congo and later Bolivia, where he would be captured and executed.

 

The lyrics recount key moments of the Cuban Revolution, glorifying Che Guevara and his role as a revolutionary commander. The song became iconic after Guevara's death, and many left-leaning artists did their own cover versions of the song afterwards. The title is a part of Guevara's well known saying "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (Until Victory Always).

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Taken in May 1999