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ROY BROWN - Dime Niña

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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2009

Roy Brown Ramírez (born July 18, 1945) is a composer, singer and a fervent believer in the cause for the independence of Puerto Rico. Some of his songs have been performed by several renowned international artists. Brown was born in Orlando, Florida, the son of an American naval officer and his Puerto Rican wife. Brown was raised during turbulent times in the United States. Among the important issues of those days were racism, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Most of these events went on to form an important part in his ideals and his way of thinking. In the late 60's, Brown enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico. He enjoyed writing poems and while he was a student, he became actively involved in groups against the Vietnam War, poor living conditions, and specially in favor of the independence movement of Puerto Rico. Brown was also involved in the student disturbances which spread throughout the university, by participating in the protest and picket lines. During this period he recorded two albums, "Yo Protesto" (1970) (I Protest); and "Basta Ya, Revolucion". During that decade he also recorded: "Roy Brown III"; "Profecia de Urayoán" (Prophecy of Urayoán); and "Distancias" (Distances). Brown's personal life started to suffer because of his political beliefs. He got into trouble with the police, his father and brother didn't want anything to do with him and he was fired from his job in the university. His mother was also dying. In the late 70's, Brown moved to New York and formed a group called "Aires Bucaneros", with fellow musicians Zoraida Santiago, Carl Royce, Pablo Nieves, and Rucco Gandía, among others. The group traveled and performed in many countries such as Greece, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, etc. He recorded "Aires Bucaneros" (1978); "Casi Alba" (1980); "Nuyol" (1983); "Arboles" (Trees) (1988) and "Balada de Otro Tiempo" (1989) (Ballad of Another Time). "Arboles" was produced by Silvio Rodríguez, in Cuba.

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