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Ani Cordero Tackles Gentrification of Puerto Rico in Music Video

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Ani Cordero, won’t do what you tell her in her latest single, “No Me Da La Fokin’ Gana (I Don’t Fokin’ Feel Like It).”

Ani Cordero sits behind a large green table and a green backdrop wearing a frilly pink dress and looking calmly into the camera. Her hands rest on the table along with a few plants.
Ani Cordero - Photo by Steph Segarra

Fresh off her new album, Anamores, its a break-up song that Cordero says, “I could try to untangle who is at fault, but I don’t fucking feel like it. – I’m done.” Ani explains this song is, “About walking away from things that are energy draining and non-productive to preserve your own peace. This can apply to politics, relationships, obligations, and pressures put on you by society.”

Sung entirely in Spanish, the song finds its groove in a pop-oriented Latin groove that bounces beautifully with the firm, thoughtful melodies. And while the song’s original intention was more self-oriented the music video takes a slightly different focus as it tackles gentrification while also tracing her San Juan neighborhood roots. We see shots of women singing the title lyrics defiantly and directly into the camera.

In place of commerce and Airbnb’s, Cordero seems focused on highlighting the city’s native inhabitants and the sparks of joy that continue to light up daily life. The song’s title suddenly becomes more than just a tactic for protecting oneself from an ex-lover, but also as a form of political dissent towards effects of neo-colonialism on their culture and homeland.

“No Me Da La Fokin’ Gana (I Don’t Fokin’ Feel Like It)” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also on YouTube.

Find “No Me Da La Fokin’ Gana (I Don’t Fokin’ Feel Like It)” can be found alongside other excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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