The soundtrack of the Venezuelan Diaspora

These songs are the product of the political, economic, and social crisis that Venezuela is going through

The soundtrack of the Venezuelan Diaspora

As a result of the economic, social, and political crisis, perpetuated by the Nicolás Maduro regime, between 2015 and 2017 925 thousand people emigrated from Venezuela, according to UN figures. Almost 80% of recent emigration from the country in crisis has been during the 206 and 2017. Since music is a product of real life, these artists have put music in the background to his exile or to those of his loved ones.

Leer en español: La banda sonora de la diáspora venezolana

Here is a list of bands that have songs that could constitute a soundtrack of the Venezuelan diaspora, of musicians who have not stopped producing (neither inside nor outside of Venezuela), and that goes from rock to electronica.


It is an indie rock band that was formed in Caracas in 2004. Their music is available on all digital platforms and they have a contract with the label Altamira Artists. They have toured Latin America, North America, and Europe, and currently live outside of Venezuela. His lyrics are in both English and Spanish. If you had to choose a song for the soundtrack, it would be Broken Cities:


Tomates Fritos

It's a rock band that has been making music for 20 years. Theirs last album came out last year and stands out as a kind of reinvention: the band has ventured to more electronic sounds. Among its influences, the members of Tomates Fritos have cited bands like Depeche Mode and The Cure and artists like Gustavo Cerati. The song of his new album that is part of the list is Multicolor:

Desorden Público

The band is considered one of the classics of Venezuelan rock. They are recognized for mixing different genres and especially for their letters of protest and social political commentary. They could not be missing from the list. Most of his songs would look good on the list, but we chose this one:

Jimmy Brand

He is a rapper and tattoo artist who, from exile, expresses his dissatisfaction with the Venezuelan situation. He lives in New York and his style, both in his music and in his tattoos, is completely urban. His song "Mal de rapbia" would seem made for this soundtrack:

You can see his tattoos on his instagram, @ jimmyflamante .

The list could be much longer, because although Venezuela is in the middle of the crisis, its musicians have not stopped creating. Music is, for these characters, a means to make political comments and to express feelings produced by exile and the internal situation.

Latin American Post | Laura Rocha Rueda

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