Ani Cordero Releases Feminist Anthem “Pa’ Poder Vivir”



New York, NY (August, 2019) – Ani Cordero will release El Machete on Sept 20 via Panapén Records, a full-length album of deep emotional range, with songs about feminism, colonialism, anger, love, loss, and healing. Today, she releases the feminist anthem “Pa’ Poder Vivir“, a reckoning with the societal norms that suffocated her as a child.

Pa’ Poder Vivir” is a really important song for me,” declares Cordero. “The song talks about reconstructing the society like you would a house — to make space for us as women to live the lives we want to live. We’ll have to break down walls, create windows to let the light in, build passageways…It’s a struggle, but we’re going to make space for all of us.”

For the song, she gathered many badass women in her life to sing the chorus “LUCHA” (fight/battle). In the bridge/outro, it features Puerto Rican feminist poet, musician, and filmmaker, Macha Colón and on backing vocals, Mexican queer feminist Renee Goust.


“It was a super powerful experience to be surrounded and supported by so many strong and talented women.”

To announce El Machete, Ani shared the video for “Pan Pan (Sin Mantequilla)”, written out of frustration with corruption in Puerto Rico. NPR Music says, “Read the news, learn about the injustice and play ‘Pan Pan (Sin Mantequilla)’ very loud.”

El Machete refers to a dream in which Cordero fought off enemies with a wooden machete, and references Puerto Rican resistance group, Los Macheteros, which supports independence for Puerto Rico. Ani has a long history of activist and feminist music projects, having played in groups such as Os Mutantes and Pistolera, and is co-founder of PRIMA (Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists), which provided emergency grants after Hurricane Maria and aims to highlight and support the work of Puerto Rico’s independent music community and strengthen its ties with the diaspora.

“Pa’ Poder Vivir” (Translated)
To be able to live – Fight

‘m carrying my tools
I’m breaking locks and cutting chains as I go
I put a window here to let the light in and see what is inside
There is so much to fix in this design

To be able to live — Fight

Excavating and working with my partners
We are focused on our work and feet on the ground
Building bridges and opening corridors
With our eyes wide open – we know it’s not easy

To be able to live –fight

To be able to live…
Without fear 
Live in peace
To follow our dreams
In freedom


El Machete Track Listing
1 – Mi Machete
2 – Pan Pan (Sin Matequilla) feat. Émina
3 – Préstame Tus Penas
4 – Yo No Vine A Jugar
5 – Pa’ Poder Vivir Mix
6 – Cómo Seguir Sin Ti
7 – Ahora Soy Yo
8 – Casi Casi
9 – Taza De Café 
10 – Noche Entera

GGM Staff


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