"Canción del Niño Negro y del Incendio" (Nelson Estupiñán Bass)

"Negro ayer, mañana y hoy. Algunos creen insultarme Gritándome mi color, Más yo mismo lo pregono Con orgullo frente al sol: Negro he sido, negro soy, Negro vengo, negro voy, Negro bien negro nací, Negro, negro he de vivir Y como negro morir." • "Black yesterday, tomorrow and today. Some believe to insult me Screaming my color, But I preach it myself With pride in front of the sun: Black I've been, black I am, Black I come, black I go, Black well black born, Black, black, I have to live And as a black to die. "

"Negro ayer, mañana y hoy.
Algunos creen insultarme
Gritándome mi color,
Más yo mismo lo pregono
Con orgullo frente al sol:
Negro he sido, negro soy,
Negro vengo, negro voy,
Negro bien negro nací,
Negro, negro he de vivir
Y como negro morir."

"Black yesterday, tomorrow and today.
Some believe to insult me
Screaming my color,
But I preach it myself
With pride in front of the sun:
Black I've been, black I am,
Black I come, black I go,
Black well black born,
Black, black, I have to live
And as a black to die. "

Ecuador / 1954

Nelson Estupiñán Bass was one of the most outspoken exponents of blackness in Ecuador. He lived from 1912-2002. His most famous novel, When the Guayacanes Were in Bloom, was published in 1943. He was influenced by Pan-Africanism and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. I'm going to try and feature more Latin American work. It's just a pain to translate 😔. If you've been following, you will know that I've featured work by black writers from Brazil (Solano Trindade, Paulo Lins, Machado de Assis, Carolina Maria de Jesus) Colombia (Mary Grueso), Costa Rica (Shirley Campbell Barr), Peru (Victoria Santa Cruz), Cuba (Nancy Morejón) and I guess now Ecuador! Check the directory on the site to see these old posts. And if you have any recommendations for Afro-Latino/a novelists and poets to feature here, pretty please drop them in the comments! It's kind of rare to see them get translated to English, therefore searching for them on the web can be difficult. Please help! Thanks!!

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