By Omar Torres-Kortright
It’s hard to remember the mid 1990’s at the University of Puerto Rico without the music of Fernandito Ferrer. For us who lived those times at the UPR, Fernandito’s voice and guitar somehow represented the causes that most struggling students identified themselves with: the right to free education, independence and freedom of expression.
I was a fan of Silvio Rodríguez, El Topo and Roy Brown long before Fernandito emerged in the scene in 1996. However, I can say that I fell deeply in love with Nueva Trova after listening to Fernandito singing Silvio’s classic “Ojalá” in San Sebastián Street, surrounded by the artists, musicians and poets that are now leading the scene in the island. Then I realized that Fernando’s original compositions can be as captivating as those made famous by the Nueva Trova giants of Cuba and Puerto Rico.
I recently received a call from Fernandito. He invited me to his show this Friday, April 12, 2013 at La Bruquena. It’s been a long time since his last appearance here. I will definitely be there to check it out. I can’t think of a better way to bring back good memories and learn about Fernandito’s new musical projects. No se lo pierdan.