Past Competitions & Offers

PAST COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

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> JUNE 2016 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have a pair of tickets to give away to a special 8 June preview screening of the acclaimed Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente) at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director Ciro Guerra. More info about this screening here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737573266531778/

Embrace of the Serpent is a story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film, Nominee.

For more information about the film and other UK screening of it visit: www.embraceoftheserpent.co.uk
UK and Ireland Release from 10 June.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Embrace of the Serpent' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 3pm on Tuesday 7 June; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 4pm on the same day.

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::: MAY 2016 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have a copy of the excellent new album 'Rumba Con Flores' by Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project to give away courtesy of Movimientos Records.

Eliane Correa is a Latin pianist, composer, bandleader and wonderer of the Earth. Having carved out her career in London in recent years, most notably as writer and performer in global urban music collective WARA, Eliane’s multifarious identities as an artist is striking in the sheer diversity of musical forms she breathes so naturally.

“A beautiful album” – Chris Philips, Jazz FM

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Rumba Con Flores' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 3pm on Friday 27 May; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about the album here: https://elianecorrea.bandcamp.com/

::: SEPTEMBER 2015 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

Our amig@s at Movimientos have given us a pair of tickets to give away to their 'New Sounds of Venezuela' event on Thursday 3 September in London.

Movimientos are delighted to welcome three of the most exciting acts direct from the cutting edge of the new Venezuelan music scene to Rich Mix on September 3rd! La Gallera Social Club, Monsalve Y Los Forajidos, Bituaya all showcase traditional Venezuelan & Caribbean rhythms in their own particular flavour mixing variously with the modern sounds of funk, hip-hop, electro and digital bass. La Gallera Social Club known for their cosmic psychedelic dance music mixed with conscious lyrics will be making their UK debut. Also playing their first UK show are Bituaya, who are pioneering their very own futuristic electrocaribe sound. Monsalve Y Los Forajidos, led by the Caracas born and Paris based Raul Monsalve, blend Afro-Venezuelan perfectly with funk, jazz and experimental sounds.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Venezuela' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 10am on Wednesday 2 September; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by midday on the same day.

More information about the concert here:
http://www.movimientos.org.uk/New-Sounds-Of-Veneuela-Sept-2015

::: APRIL 2015 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have a pair of tickets to see Brazilian rapper Emicida perform in London on Friday 24 April.

Melodic and rhythmically diverse, progressive and political while still spitting fire – Brazilian MCs refuse to let rap be mere entertainment. Emicida, like his hip-hop partner Criolo, comes from the outskirts of Sao Paulo and adds his own outstanding socially-aware rhymes to grooves that juggle and mingle funk with Brazilian rhythms like forro and maracatu.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Emicida' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Tuesday 21 April; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the concert here:
http://www.comono.co.uk/live/emicida/

::: DECEMBER 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

> We have two copies of the album 'Cha Cha Cha' by Cuban singer Abelardo Barroso to give away, courtesy of World Circuit Records.

The recordings made by Abelardo Barroso with Orquesta Sensación in Havana during the 1950s represent one of the pinnacles of the golden age of Cuban music. Now World Circuit - the label behind Buena Vista Social Club - is releases a re-mastered selection of fourteen of their recordings.

For a chance to win a copy of the album, simply email: comps[at]alborada.net with 'Barroso' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Wednesday 7 January; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the album here:
http://www.worldcircuit.co.uk/#Abelardo_Barroso::Cha_Cha_Cha

::: SEPTEMBER 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have a pair of tickets to a concert of the winners choice at the London Latin Jazz Festival, which takes place between Tuesday 23rd and Saturday 27th September in London.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Latin Jazz' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Monday 15 September; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the festival here:
http://www.londonlatinjazzfest.com/

::: JUNE 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

> We have two copies of the book 'Brazil Inside Out: People, Politics and Culture' to give away, courtesy of Practical Action Publishing.

Latin America Bureau (LAB), together with Practical Action Publishing (PAP), have published a new book on Brazil – a very readable introduction to the country’s charms, contradictions and complexities, with a dash of humour to lighten the facts and figures.

For a chance to win a copy of the book simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'LAB Brazil' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Thursday 3 July; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the book here:
http://lab.org.uk/brazil-inside-out-labs-new-book

> We have a pair of tickets to the London premiere of the acclaimed Mexican film 'The Golden Dream' on Friday 27 June. The premiere takes place at the Curzon Soho and includes a Q&A with the director Diego Quemada-Díez

Diego Quemada-Diez's gripping debut feature is a piercing and poetic road movie that follows the fortunes of four Guatemalan teenagers on a dangerous journey across the Mexican border into the USA. Using improvisational techniques and non-professional actors, The Golden Dream has won critical praise world over, garnering numerous awards including a specially created prize by Cannes Jury members in 2013.

"A beautiful film, full of human warmth, compassion and truth. The struggle of the innocent is caught with precision. And it is clear that the real enemy is beyond their reach or comprehension, but nonetheless very present in the film. Terrific!" - Ken Loach

Watch the trailer here:

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the London premiere of the film simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Golden Dream' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Wednesday 25 June; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More details on the screening can be found at the Curzon Soho website here: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/events/details/2251/the-golden-dream-plus-q...

::: MAY 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

> We have two copies of the book 'Sounds and Colours Brazil' to give away, courtesy of the Sounds and Colours website.

Staying as far away from the stereotypes and cliches as possible, Sounds and Colours Brazil is part-book, part-magazine, part-fanzine (and all-passion!) with 200 pages of articles, illustrations and photos that show Brazil in a completely new light.

For a chance to win a copy of the book simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Sounds and Colours' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Friday 6 June; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the book here:
http://www.soundsandcolours.com/02-brazil

::: APRIL 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

> We have two copies of the documentary 'Ginga: The Soul of Brazilian Football' to give away.

Pele, Zico, Jairzinho, Renaldo, Ronaldinho, Neymar… Some of world’s greatest footballers all have one thing in common: they all hail from Brazil, the land of footballing legends, and this year’s World Cup hosts.

But what is it about the country that creates such amazing talent?

A brand new documentary 'Ginga: The Soul of Brazilian Football' explores the essence of what makes Brazil one of the greatest footballing nations ever known. Ginga is the mysterious, indefinable magical quality of rhythm and movement which sets the Brazilian game apart from all the others.

Produced by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and directed by Marcelo Machado (Tropicalia), Hank Levine and Tocha Alves.

For a chance to win a copy of the DVD simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Ginga' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Friday 16 May; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

The documentary will be released on DVD on 12 May 2014. - more information here: http://ginga2014.com

Watch the documentary's trailer below:

::: MARCH 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have two copies of 'Salvador Allende:
Revolutionary Democrat' by Victor Figueroa Clark to give away.

This is a political biography of one of the 20th century’s most emblematic left-wing figures - Salvador Allende, who was president of Chile until he was ousted by General Pinochet in a US-supported coup in 1973.

Victor Figueroa Clark guides us through Allende's life and political project, answering some of the most frequently asked questions. Was he a revolutionary or a reformist? A bureaucrat or inspirational democrat? Clark argues that Allende and the Popular Unity Party created a unique fusion which was both revolutionary and democratic.

The process led by Allende was a symbol of hope for the left during his short time in power. Forty years on, and with left governments back in power across Latin America, this book looks back at the man and the process in order to draw vital lessons for the left in Latin America and around the world today.

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For a chance to win a copy of the book simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Allende' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Friday 4 April; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

To buy a copy of the book click here:
http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745333076

::: JANUARY 2014 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

> On Wednesday 12 February 2014 in London, Alborada Films will host the premiere of 'Chile's Student Uprising', their documentary about the Chilean student movement.

If you would like the chance to win a pair of tickets simply email
info [at] alborada [dot] net, with 'Chile students' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Thursday 6 February; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 4pm on the same day.

For more information about the documentary click here.

::: DECEMBER 2013 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

London based Cuba fusion band Wara are performing in London on Thursday 12 December to mark the launch of the new video for their song 'Leave To Remain' - see below for more information. Tickets are £7 in advance // On the door £10 (Cash only).

Alborada has a £5 guest list. If you would like to be added to this £5 list email info[at]alborada[dot]net with Wara in the subject line. All emails must be received by 3pm on Thursday to be added to the list.

Event listing:
https://www.facebook.com/events/625785717460621/

More info: http://www.alborada.net/wara-leave-to-remain

::: OCTOBER 2013 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have a copy of 'Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973', the new book by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, to give away.

On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. Early that morning the phone lines to Allende’s office were cut, army officers loyal to the republic were arrested and shortly afterwards bombs from four British-made Hawker Hunter jets began slamming into the presidential palace. Allende refused to leave his post, making broadcasts to encourage the Chilean people until the last pro-government radio station was silenced. Later that morning he was found dead, with an AK-47 that had been a gift from Fidel Castro by his side.

The coup had been planned for months, even years before it actually happened. In fact, from the moment Allende’s electoral victory in 1970 became a possibility, business leaders in Chile, extreme right-wing groups, high-ranking officers in the Chilean military and the US administration and the CIA worked together to secure a prompt and dramatic end to his progressive social programme.

Why Allende seemed such a threat in the political and economic context of the time and how the coup was engineered is the story Oscar Guardiola-Rivera tells, drawing on a wide range of sources, including phone transcripts and documents released as recently as 2008. It is a radical retelling of a moment in history that even at the height of Cold War paranoia – a time when Henry Kissinger described Chile as ‘a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica’ –shocked the world and which continues to resonate today. As the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the global protests at austerity measures introduced since the crash of 2008 show, the world is struggling to deal with the economic and political dilemmas Allende faced at the time.

For a chance to win a copy of the book simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Allende' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Friday 15 November; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

To buy a copy of the book click here:
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/story-of-a-death-foretold-9781408830086/

::: SEPTEMBER 2013 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

We have a copy of the book 'Chile in My Heart: A Memoir of Love and Revolution' by Kate Clark to give away.

'Chile in My Heart' is Kate Clark's personal story of her love affair with Chile and its people. Living and working as a lecturer in English and Phonetics at the University of Chile in a provincial city, Chillan, it is her story of those turbulent years of the Popular Unity Government, elected in September 1970 and brought down by a savage coup d'etat in September 1973.

"...a powerful, moving, perceptive and personal account of her life and the people she met, described in a way that brings them to life and makes them real for the reader." - Tony Benn

For a chance to win a copy of the book simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Chile' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Thursday 3 October; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

To buy a copy of the book click here:
http://www.alborada.net/clarkchilebook

::: AUGUST 2013 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

> Get free entry to the Alborada Films Summer Social in London before 9pm on Friday 16 August (normally £5)

More info: http://www.alborada.net/afss-160813

> We have a copy of 'Leave to Remain', the brilliant new album by the London-based Cuban flavoured group Wara, to give away courtesy of Movimientos Records. For a chance to win a copy of the album click here.

For a chance to win a pair a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Wara' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Monday 2 September; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More info about the Wara album: http://movimientosrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wara-leave-to-remain

::: JULY 2013 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

::: Win a pair of tickets to Movimientos Presents Chile's Nano Stern & Guests (Thursday 25 July/London, UK)

Movimientos proudly welcomes Nano Stern (Chile) to the UK stage, supported by Violentango (Argentina). Early on Alborada Films and Chile 40 present a flash forum about the legacy of Salvador Allende plus Roberto's Navarrete's forthcoming documentary about Chile's student movement.

After four award-winning and critically acclaimed solo albums, Nano Stern has had a meteoric rise to fame. He's part of the New Wave of Chilean music, with a fanbase that spans Latin America, Europe, Australia and beyond. Stern brings an Indie-Folk-Rock inspired sound that's rooted in traditional Chilean music and influenced by legends such as Violeta Parra and Inti-Illimani, as well as a host of current global music influences which combine effortlessly with his early classical training. He writes, sings and speaks about social justice issues and is active in Chilean Human Rights campaigning.

For a chance to win a pair a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with 'Nano Stern' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 4pm on Monday 22 July; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More info about the event here:
http://www.alborada.net/node/11

> Win Tickets to the UK premiere of Marcelo Machado’s documentary Tropicalia on 7 July 2013.

Tropicalia, or Tropicalism, is one of Brazil's most significant cultural movements. Born in the late 1960s by a collective of like-minded souls, it used music and visual arts as a voice to confront the cultural and political establishment. And now the scene and its key players are explored in Marcelo Machado's fascinating new film Tropicalia. Director Marcelo Machado grew up listening to the music and was inspired to document this influential, important scene in Tropicalia which comes to UK cinemas on 5 July 2013 followed by a DVD release on 8 July 2013 from Mr Bongo Films.

Alborada readers have the chance to win 2 pairs of tickets to the UK premiere on 7 July 2013 in London (7.30-11pm). The film begins at 8.30pm; there will be free Brahma beers before the screening and Brazilian music following the screening from the Mr Bongo soundsystem.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with Tropicalia’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 3pm on Friday 5 July; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More info about the film here: http://www.mrbongo.com/blogs/news/7169894-tropicalia-by-marcelo-machado-...

::: MAY 2013

> This month we are giving away a copy of the new book 'Latin America's Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism' by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox & Federico Fuentes, courtesy of Zed Books.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Turbulent Transitions' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: In what month did Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa win his latest presidential election victory?

The competition deadline is 3pm on Monday 3 June; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

You can read the book's introduction here:
http://www.alborada.net/latin-america-transitions-book

More information about the book here: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/paperback/latin-americas-turbulent-transitions

> We also have 2 copies of 'Fongo', the debut album by Los Chinches, courtesy of Movimientos Records.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Fongo' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the capital of Peru?

The competition deadline is 3pm on Monday 3 June; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the album here: http://www.movimientos.org.uk/index.php?section=66

::: APRIL 2013

This month we have a copy of Jack Colhoun’s new book ‘Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba and the Mafia, 1933 to 1966’ to give away courtesy of OR Books.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Gangsterismo' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What was the name of the Cuban dictator overthrown on January 1 1959?

The competition deadline is 3pm on Friday 3 May; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

You can read the book's prologue here:
http://alborada.net/colhourn-book-cuba-gangsterismo

More information about the book here: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/gangsterismo/

::: FEBRUARY 2013

This month we have one of the new Alborada 'Salvador Allende' T-shirts to give away.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Allende T-shirt' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: On what date did Salvador Allende assume the Chilean presidency?

The competition deadline is 3pm on Friday 4 January; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the t-shirts here:
http://www.alborada.net/tshirts

::: OCTOBER 2012
This month we have 2 copies of Tom Feiling’s new book ‘Short Walks From Bogota’ to give away (We can only post books to UK addresses).

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Bogota Walks' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What Colombia's city is known as the 'capital of Salsa'?

The competition deadline is 3pm on Friday 2 November; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the book here: http://www.tomfeiling.com/books_short_walks_from_bogota.html

::: JANUARY 2012
This month we have 3 copies of the Brazilian film 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' to give away on DVD.

José Padilha’s critically acclaimed blockbuster 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' is a compelling action-packed drama, revealing the depths of corruption and brutality from the streets of Rio de Janeiro right through to the heart of Brazil’s political system.

Following on from Padilha’s 'Elite Squad' (2007), this gritty sequel is the most successful product of Brazil’s cinematic revival, attracting audiences of ten million in its first nine weeks and now it comes to DVD and Blu-ray courtesy Revolver Entertainment on 26 December 2011.

> We have 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Elite Squad' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the capital of Brazil?

The competition deadline is 3pm on Monday 6 February; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More information about the DVD release here: http://www.revolvergroup.com/uk/cinema/view/elite_squad_the_enemy_within

::: DECEMBER 2011

This month we have 2 copies of 'Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation' (Verso, 2011) by Sujatha Fernandes to give away.

“A classic of hip hop writing and a poignant tribute to urban youth.”—Jeff Chang, author of 'Can't Stop Won't Stop'

At its rhythmic, beating heart, Close to the Edge asks whether hip hop can change the world. Hip hop—rapping, beat-making,b-boying, deejaying, graffiti—captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the 1980s, inspiring her and politicizing her along the way. Years later, armed with mc-ing skills and an urge to immerse herself in global hip hop, she embarks on a journey into street culture around the world. From the south side of Chicago to the barrios of Caracas and Havana and the sprawling periphery of Sydney, she grapples with questions of global voices and local critiques, and the rage that underlies both. An engrossing read and an exhilarating travelogue, this punchy book also asks hard questions about dispossession, racism, poverty and the quest for change through a microphone.

> We have 2 copies of the book to give away.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Close to the Edge' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: Name the title of another book written by Sujatha Fernandes?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Friday 9 December; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about the book here:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/1014-close-to-the-edge

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::: OCTOBER 2011

This month we have 2 copies of the new EP from Cuban fusion band 'Wara' to give away, courtesy of Movimientos Records.

'Wara represent the true sound of contemporary Latin London in the 21st century.'
Lubi Jovanovic (UK Latin DJ / Journalist)

> We have 2 copies of the EP to give away.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Wara' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the capital of Cuba?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Monday 7 November; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about the book here:
http://www.movimientos.org.uk/

::: SEPTEMBER 2011

This month we have 2 copies of Jamie Maslin's 'Socialist Dreams and Beauty Queens: A Couchsurfer's Memoir of Venezuela' to give away.

Couchsurfer, hitchhiker, and rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin embarks on a couchsurfing adventure to the homeland president Hugo Chavez: the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Alone in country's capital, Caracas, Maslin immediately finds himself in trouble—arrested by knife-wielding police officers and inoculated with an unwanted vaccination. After a terrifying start in Caracas, he soon leaves the teeming city and travels to the places tourists never see, staying on the couches of people he befriended online just days earlier, and meeting everyone from fervent social revolutionaries to the country’s wealthy elite. He sets off in search of mile-high waterfalls, flat topped jungle plateaus, rolling deserts, and the famous lightning that appears suddenly in the sky with no rain or thunder. Visiting sprawling slums and opulent mansions, Maslin offers a fascinating and timely social, cultural, and historical introduction to a country increasingly in the headlines.

Often irreverent, frequently informative, and habitually funny, this is the remarkable account of a young adventurer’s journey through a breathtakingly beautiful and dynamic country where the politics of oil and social revolution are never far from the surface.

> We have 2 copies of the book to give away.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Maslin' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the date of the next presidential election in Venezuela?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Friday 7 October; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about the book here:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10873546-socialist-dreams-and-beauty-...

::: AUGUST 2011

> We have two copies of the new compilation 'Beginners Guide to Latin American Music' (compiled by DJ Cal Jader) to give away, courtesy of 'Nascente Records'.

Beginner’s Guide to Latin America features classic & contemporary examples of Salsa, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata, Samba, Norteno, Folk, Tango, Alternative, Hip Hop, Dub, Folk & other styles that make up Latin America’s myriad musical map. Featuring classic artists such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, living legends Oscar De Leon, Joyce, Susana Baca and Joe Arroyo plus the cream of the new alternative Latin scene represented by Bomba Estereo, DJ Dolores & Axel Krygier, Beginner’s Guide to Latin America is the most comprehensive introduction to Latin American music available. 36 tracks compiled by DJ Cal Jader, the DJ behind the UK’s leading promoters of alternative Latin music, Movimientos.

More info here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beginners-Guide-America-Various-Artists/dp/B0050...

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Beg Guide to Latam’ in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the name of the famous Colombian salsa singer (featured on CD 3 of the compilation) who passed away on the 26th July 2011?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Tuesday 6th September; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

::: JUNE 2011 COMPETITIONS

This month we have 2 copies of the new edition of Richard Gott’s acclaimed 'Hugo Chavez & The Bolivarian Revolution' to give away.

The authoritative first-hand account of contemporary Venezuela, Hugo Chávez places the country’s controversial and charismatic president in historical perspective, and examines his plans and programs. Welcomed in 1999 by the inhabitants of the teeming shanty towns of Caracas as their potential savior, and greeted by Washington with considerable alarm, this former golpista-turned-democrat took up the aims and ambitions of Venezuela’s liberator, simón Bolivar. Now in office for over a decade, President Chávez has undertaken the most wide-ranging transformation of oil-rich Venezuela for half a century, and dramatically affected the political debate throughout Latin America. In this updated edition, Richard Gott reflects on the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution, and the challenges that lie ahead.

> We have 2 copies of the book to give away, courtesy of Verso.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Gott' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: In what year did Chavez assume the presidency in Venezuela?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Tuesday 5 July; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about the book here:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/952-hugo-chavez-and-the-bolivarian-revol...

::: MAY 2011 COMPETITIONS/OFFERS

Win Tickets to the UK premiere of 'Rio Breaks'

Rio Breaks tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life?

Alborada readers have the chance to win 2 pairs of tickets to the UK premiere on Friday 3rd June in London.

READER OFFER

> We have 2 pairs of tickets to the UK premiere at Empire, Leicester Square in London’s West End on Friday 3rd June.

More info here: http://riobreaks.com/

For a chance to win a pair of tickets simply email comps[at]alborada.net with Rio Breaks’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 3pm on Wednesday 1st June; winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

::: APRIL 2011 COMPETITIONS

This month we have 2 copies of Greg Grandin’s new book 'Who Is Rigoberta Menchu?’ to give away.

A leading radical historian investigates the accusations made against the author of bestselling memoir I, Rigoberta Menchú.

In 1984, Nobel Peace Prize–winner and indigenous rights activist Rigoberta Menchú published I, Rigoberta Menchú, her autobiographical account of life in Guatemala under a military dictatorship to great acclaim. The book rapidly transformed the study and understanding of modern Guatemalan history. Since then, her memoir has increasingly become a target for rightwing historians and commentators seeking to discredit Menchú’s account and to deny the genocide carried out by the Guatemalan military regime with US support. Greg Grandin, in this crucial accompaniment to Menchú’s work, takes on her critics to set the story straight. He investigates the historical context and political realities that underlie Menchú’s past and the ongoing debate surrounding it, in this substantial new work on Guatemalan history.

> We have 2 copies of the book to give away, courtesy of Verso.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Menchu' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What was the name of the Guatemalan president overthrown in a military coup in 1954?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Wednesday 4 May; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about 'Who Is Rigoberta Menchu?’ here:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/520-who-is-rigoberta-menchu

FEBRUARY 2011 COMPETITIONS

This month we have 2 copies of Michael Fox and Sílvia Leindecker's documentary 'Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas' (PM Press, 2008) to give away.

What is democracy? Freedom, equality, participation? Everyone has his or her own definition. Across the world, 120 countries now have at least the minimum trappings of democracy---the freedom to vote for all citizens. But for many, this is just the beginning not the end. Following decades of US-backed dictatorships, civil wars and devastating structural adjustment policies in the South, and corporate control, electoral corruption, and fraud in the North, representative politics in the Americas is in crisis. Citizens are now choosing to redefine democracy under their own terms: local, direct, and participatory.

Featuring interviews with: Eduardo Galeano, Amy Goodman, Emir Sader, Martha Harnecker, Ward Churchill, and Leonardo Avritzer as well as cooperative and community members, elected representatives, academics, and activists from Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, United States, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, and more.

'Beyond Elections' is a journey that takes us across the Americas to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?

> We have 2 copies of the documentary to give away, courtesy of PM Press.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Beyond Election' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the name of the current President of Brazil?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Friday 4 March; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about ‘Beyond Elections’ here:
https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=59

JANUARY 2011 COMPETITIONS

This month we have 2 copies of Benjamin Dangl’s new book ‘Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America’ to give away.

In the past decade, grassroots social movements played major roles in electing left-leaning governments throughout Latin America, but subsequent relations between the streets and the states remain uneasy.

In 'Dancing with Dynamite', award-winning journalist Benjamin Dangl explores the complex ways these movements have worked with, against, and independently of national governments. From dynamite-wielding miners in Bolivia to the struggles of landless farmers in Brazil and Paraguay, Dangl discusses the dance between movements and states in seven different Latin American countries. Using original research, lively prose, and extensive interviews with workers, farmers, and politicians, he suggests how Latin American social movement strategies could be applied internationally to build a better world now.

> We have 2 copies of the book to give away, courtesy of AK Press.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ’Dancing with Dynamite' in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What is the name of the political party headed by Bolivian president Evo Morales?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Friday 4 February; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More information about ‘Dancing with Dynamite’ here:
http://www.dancingwithdynamite.com/

JANUARY OFFERS

Alborada have a £5 guest list to the following event in London:

Live Music: Movimientos & Global Local presents Latin Quarter (Friday 21st January/London)

http://www.alborada.net/movimientos-210111

To be added to the list simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Movimientos Rich Mix’ in the subject line, by 5pm, Thursday 20th January.

::: DECEMBER 2010 COMPETITIONS

This month we have 2 copies of George Lambie’s new book ‘The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century’ to give away.

While most books and articles on Cuba seek to analyse the island’s socialist experiment from the perspective of internal dynamics or international relations, this book attempts to understand the revolutionary process as part of a counter-current against neoliberal globalisation.

Rather than presenting Cuba as a socialist survivor, whose performance must be measured against the standards set by the ‘international community’, George Lambie judges Cuban socialism on the goals which the revolution sets for itself. He shows that despite Cuba’s isolation in the ‘New World Order’, and the enormous pressures it has faced to ‘conform’, its faith in an alternative socialist project has continued and grown.

Now that neoliberalism is in crisis, Cuba’s promotion of socialist values is finding a renewed relevance. In this study Lambie argues that Cuba is again becoming a symbol, and practical example, of socialism in action.

> We have 2 copies of the book to give away.

To enter the competition email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Cuban Revolution’ in the subject line, answering the following question:

Question: What was the name of the movement led by Fidel Castro which overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959?

The competition deadline is 2pm on Friday 7 January; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 4pm on the same day.

More info on ‘The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century’ here:
http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745330105&

::: NOVEMBER 2010 COMPETITIONS

This month we have a copy of Lucia Alvarez de Toledo's new book ‘The Story of Che Guevara’ to give away.

Che Guevara is something of a symbol in the West, a representative of Sixties counterculture and the face adorning the T-shirts of a million student radicals. But in the rest of the world he is something else: a charismatic revolutionary who redrew the political map of Latin America and gave hope to those resisting colonialism everywhere.

Lucia Alvarez de Toledo comes from the same social milieu as Che Guevara; born and raised in Buenos Aires, she was at school while he attended university, and then as a journalist she closely followed his meteoric political rise. As a result she is able to put him into context like few others among his biographers, dispelling numerous popular misconceptions and revealing aspects to his life which have been missed before. Based on interviews with Che's family and those who knew him intimately, this is an accessible biography that concentrates on the man rather than the icon.

With the political developments in Latin America in the twenty-first century, Guevara's influence can be seen to be even greater than it was during his lifetime.

> We have 1 copy of the book to give away (We can only send the book to UK addresses).

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Che Guevara Story’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 2pm on Monday 6 December; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More info on 'The Story of Che Guevara' here:
http://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/book.php?id=9781849160322

::: OCTOBER 2010 COMPETITIONS

Hailed by critics, Andrew Lang's powerful and moving documentary Sons of Cuba is a stunning insight behind the scenes of Castro's Cuba into the lives of a group of young boys; amateur boxers training to become champions of their sport and heroes of their country.

> We have 3 copies of the DVD release to give away (We can only send DVDs to UK addresses).

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Sons of Cuba DVD’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 2pm on Tuesday 2 November; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More info about 'Sons of Cuba' here:
http://www.sonsofcuba.com/

::: July 2010 Competitions/Offers

Win Tickets to Exclusive Preview Screenings of Oliver Stone's new film ‘South of the Border.’

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s hotly-anticipated documentary about Latin America's leftward political shift and its growing independence from Washington, ‘South of the Border’, opens in UK cinemas on Friday 30th July.

In preparation of its release, Alborada have teamed up with the film’s distributors Dogwoof to offer Alborada readers the chance to win tickets to the London premiere, which Oliver Stone and other special guests will attend, on Monday 19th July, and to an exclusive Alborada preview of the film in London on Thursday 22nd July.

COMPETITION 1

> We have 1 pair of tickets to the London premiere at the Curzon Mayfair in London’s West End on Monday 19th July.

More info here.

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Stone Premiere’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 2pm on Thursday 15th July; winners will be chosen at random and be notified by 5pm on the same day.

COMPETITION 2

> We have 2 pairs of tickets to a special Alborada preview of the film in London’s West End on Thursday 22nd July.

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Stone Preview’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 2pm on Thursday 15th July; winners will be chosen at random and notified by 5pm on the same day.

****And for an extra chance to win tickets to the premiere on the 19th July with Oliver Stone and special guests, visit ‘South of the Border’s’ UK page here.

To join the ‘South of the Border’ Facebook community, click here – Dogwoof will be running further competitions here as well as conversation around the film’s issues and news.

::: May 2010 Competitions/Offers

We have 2 copies of 'The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn' edited by Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez, & César Rodríguez-Garavito, to give away courtesy of Pluto Press.

More info here: http://tinyurl.com/yc3e9ez

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘The New Latin American Left’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 2pm on Monday 3rd May; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

::: March 2010 Competitions/Offers

We have a pair of tickets to the London premiere of the highly acclaimed new documentary 'Sons of Cuba'.

Read an interview with the film's director here:
http://alborada.net/cohn-interview-andrew-lang-sons-of-cuba-documentary

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Sons of Cuba’ in the subject line.

The winner will be chosen at random. The competition deadline is 1pm on Wednesday 17th March; the winner will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

More info about the documentary and up coming screenings here:
http://www.sonsofcuba.com/

::: November 2009 Competitions/Offers

> We have one copy of 'Inside The Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela' (courtesy of ‘Alborada Films’) to give away.
More info here: http://www.alborada.net/alboradafilms

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Inside the Revolution: December 2009’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is Monday 4th December; winners will be notified by 5pm on Tuesday 5th December.

DVD copies of the film can only be sent to a UK address.

> We have one pair of tickets to the forthcoming concert in London by Cuban violinist Omar Puente, courtesy of 'Como No'.

More info about the concert here:
http://www.comono.co.uk/det.php?ev=694

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Omar Puente’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 1pm on Monday 16th November; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

> We have one pair of tickets to the forthcoming concert in London by La Troba Kung-Fú, courtesy of 'Como No'.

More info about the concert here:
http://www.comono.co.uk/det.php?ev=695

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘La Troba Kung-Fú’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 1pm on Wednesday 25th November; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

> We have two copies of 'Filming Pancho: How Hollywood Shaped the Mexican Revolution' by Margarita de Orellana to give away, courtesy of 'Verso Books'.

More info on the book here: http://www.versobooks.com/books/cdef/d-titles/de_orellana_film_rev.shtml

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Filming Pancho’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 1pm on Tuesday 1st December; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

::: October 2009 Competitions/Offers

> We have one copy of 'America’s Backyard: the United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror' by Grace Livingstone to give away, courtesy of ‘Zed Books’.

More info here: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/book.asp?bookdetail=4267

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘America's Backyard’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 1pm on Tuesday 3rd November; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

> We have two copies of Manu Chao's forthcoming double album and DVD 'Baïonarena', courtesy of 'Because Music'.

Carnet de Voyage (Road Book) is a short music documentary celebrating highlights from Manu Chao’s epic worldwide Tombolatour, following the release of his million-selling album La Radiolina in 2007. During two years, Manu and his band Radio Bemba performed in front of three million people, appearing below Jay-z and Amy Winehouse at Glastonbury and headlining more than one hundred festivals from Russia to San Francisco. This unique footage takes us behind the scenes as they perform in front of hundreds of thousands of fans, rehearse in the peace and quiet of Manu’s homeland in Galicia, and hang out back-stage. From Tijuana to Toulouse, Glastonbury to Galicia, the excitement is palpable as Manu unleashes his high-energy performance, featuring live classics from across his albums.

The documentary is featured as a bonus on Manu’s forthcoming double album and DVD, Baïonarena, which is out on the 19th October (Because Music).

More info here:
http://www.because.tv/catalogue/disques/baionarena.html

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Manu Chao’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is 1pm on Tuesday 3rd November; winners will be notified by 5pm on the same day.

> Alborada has a £3 before 8pm guest list to the next 'Movimientos Live' music event taking place on Tuesday 27th October in London - more info here:

http://www.alborada.net/movimientoslive-october-2009

If you would like to be added to a £3 Alborada guest list, email info[at]alborada.net by 5pm Monday 26th October, with 'Movimientos Live' in the subject line.

::: September 2009 Competitions/Offers

> We have one copy of 'Inside The Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela' (courtesy of ‘Alborada Films’) to give away.
More info here: http://www.alborada.net/alboradafilms

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Inside the Revolution: September 2009’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is Monday October 5th; winners will be notified by 5pm on Tuesday October 6th.

DVD copies of the film will only be sent to a UK address.

> Alborada has a £4 guest list to the next 'Movimientos Live' music event taking place on Tuesday September 22nd in London - more info here: www.alborada.net/movlivesep09

If you would like to be added to a £4 Alborada guest list, email info[at]alborada.net by midday Tuesday September 22nd, with 'Movimientos Live' in the subject line.

::: August 2009 Competitions

We have one copy of 'Resistencia: Portraits of Colombia' to give away. Courtesy of ‘Justice for Colombia’ - more info here:
http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/

In 2006 and again in 2007 photographer Sam Green visited Colombia with the British Human Rights NGO `Justice for Colombia'. He had the opportunity to meet with and photograph some of the most threatened people in Colombia. Justice for Colombia also arranged for Sam to take his camera into one of Colombia's notorious prisons where he was able to photograph political prisoners - people jailed for their opposition to the Colombian regime.

“The photographs in 'Resistencia: Portraits of Colombia' are compelling and a powerful testament to those Colombians who, in spite of the horrors they face, continue to search for peace with social justice.”
-- Jeremy Dear (General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists)

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with ‘Justice for Colombia: August 2009’ in the subject line.

The competition deadline is Thursday September 3rd; winners will be notified by midday Friday September 4th.

Competition only open to UK residents.

> We have two pairs of tickets to ‘Movimientos Live’ at the Notting Hill Arts Club (London) on Tuesday August 25th.
More info: http://www.nottinghillartsclub.com/

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with Movimientos: August 2009' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is Monday August 24th (2pm); winners will be notified by 5pm the same day.

Competition only open to UK residents.

::: July 2009 Competitions

We have one copy of 50 Years Of The Cuban Revolution, a stunning box set featuring four outstanding Cuban films, including the never before released on DVD Lucia along with I Am Cuba, Memories Of Underdevelopment and Strawberry & Chocolate. Courtesy of Mr Bongo Films - more info here.

To enter the competition simply email comps[at]alborada.net with '50 Years Of The Cuban Revolution' in the subject line.

The competition deadline is Thursday, August 6th; winners will be notified by midday Friday, August 7th.

Competition only open to UK residents.

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