Five Portales youths are singing about heroes. Courtesy photo.
A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay on area radio stations.
The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth — three siblings and two cousins — ranging in ages from 10 to 16.
Falan y La Juventud or “Falan and the Youth” is the name of the group that recorded the song, “Los Heroes de Nuestra Nacion, Segundo Aniversario.” The tune was written by their grandfather, Andrew Sisneros. In English, the song means “The Heroes of Our Nation, Second Anniversary.”
Falan Duran, lead vocalist of the group, is president of the Portales High School junior class. The group also includes her siblings, Aaron and Sierra, and two cousins, Noelle and Brianna Sigala.
The recording is six minutes, almost twice as long as most radio songs. But that has not deterred radio stations in Santa Fe, Taos, Española, Santa Rosa, Muleshoe and Lubbock from playing the timely song which, according to the children’s grandmother, Connie Sisneros, “describes the events of Sept. 11 in a powerful way with a message of hope and love.”
Even after Thursday — the second anniversary of the attacks on America — radio stations, including Radio Que Suave in Santa Fe, plan to keep playing the song.
“We played the song on Que Suave … and got really good response,” said Anthony Gonzales, program director for the 810 AM dial station. Gonzales said Radio Que Suave covers 85 percent of New Mexico as well as parts of Southern Colorado.