“I left for pleasure” is the title of the typical merengue written by the colonel Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó in Cuba and that will be part of the original soundtrack of the new documentary feature film by René Fortunato “caamaño. Military to Guerrilla“.
The letters written by Caamaño were located in the personal files of Comandante Román at his home in Havana, by the Cuban writers Hugo Rius Blein and Ricardo Sáenz Padrón, and published in 1984 in the biographical book they wrote about the hero of April.
The merengue, recorded especially for the soundtrack of the Fortunato documentary, is performed by Raúl Román y su Conjunto Típico with arrangements by Juan Antonio Robles -“El Viejo Puro”- and vocals by Juan Pablo García Ramos.
According to the data provided by Cuban writers, this merengue was written in the year 1970 and is one of several merengues that Caamaño wrote in Cuba.
The feature film “Caamaño. Militar a Guerrilla”, with a duration of 85 minutes, will be officially released on February 16, 2023. Just the day that the 50th anniversary of the death of Colonel Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó will be commemorated.
As of that date, it will be projected in several movie theaters in Santo Domingo and Santiago.
The typical merengue written by Caamaño is freely available on YouTube on the VIDEOCINE PALAU channel and can be seen at this link:
Also on all digital music platforms on the internet. Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music and Google Play Music, among others.
The letters written by Caamaño during the rest periods in the guerrilla training camp in Pinar del Río, Cuba, say: “I went for pleasure one day to the Sierra de Bahoruco and went down to the city to reinforce my group/// There, the guard caught me, they fell on my leg, I go back to the hill to look for my freedom. Freedom, freedom, I want my freedom. Freedom, freedom, I fight for you no more. I met some guerrillas, they taught me to fight, with a rifle in my hand to be able to free myself, with a rifle in my hand to be able to free myself. And there I told my Taita, my mother and my wife, that they come with what they have, that they come It’s a law, it’s a law, a law///
Let them come, it’s a law////