Ode to Translators

Translation is a way of life: to negotiate between systems, to search to understand multiple meanings, to straddle systems, to … More

La Veinte, Fábula Cubana

Mi gente, escribí La Veinte cuando estudié en Cuba en el 2001. Me quedé tan impresionado con el vocabulário y … More

Calo in Cuba

In his book, Inmigración y lengua nacional (Editorial Academia, La Habana: 1994), the renowned Cuban linguist, Sergio Valdes Bernal compiled … More

The Terreiro in Olodum

The African Brazilian Candomblé “terriero” (an open space and also a community) is a repeating word and theme in Brazilian song lyrics that … More

Translating Code-Sliding

The previous post on Os Doces Bárbaros explored a song that moves between Yoruba and Portuguese. That movement is part of … More