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El Mandado (the ruled one) is a song born out of all the angst and conflict experienced by the artist throughout the pandemic, lockdowns, and the rise of authoritarianism and racism around the world.

It is written in an old Spanish literary form called “décima” which is very prevalent in all the Latin American diaspora.

Musically the song is influenced by elements of Venezuelan “tonada”, Argentinean “vidala” and “carnavalito", electronic textures and free jazz.

It features a vocal duet by Juancho Herrera and Alejo García.

Produced by Juancho Herrera.


El Mandado (Words and Music by Juancho Herrera)

Cual tormenta en su furor
les traigo este libre canto
para aniquilar espantos
y acercarme hasta la flor
ya sin duda ni temor
para todos los presentes
en estos tiempos urgentes
con escudo y protección
les regalo esta canción
a toda esta linda gente

De mañana acurrucado
me envuelve un sueño febril
el viento parejo y hostil
revienta afuera enfadado
y un grito desesperado
resuena en la calle hambrienta
el verso que siempre enfrenta
las armas de aquel soldado
su alma se le ha extraviado
en la mira de su escopeta

Ante este largo encierro
no podemos vacilar
ni tampoco el olvidar
a los que llevan destierro
solo un corazón de hierro
podrá continuar andando
con su alma alto volando
y en sus sueños decidiendo
seguir siempre construyendo
libre y sin estar sangrando

Libre y sin estar penando
Libre de los juicios mal tratados
Libre del prejuicio y del pecado
Libre del cobarde y el armado
Libre para seguir celebrando
Que el que manda será ahora el mandado
Que el que manda será ahora el mandado

The Ruled one (Words and Music by Juancho Herrera)

Like storm in its fury
I bring you this free song
to annihilate ghosts
and to get closer to the flower
with no doubt nor fear
for everyone present
in these urgent times
with shield and protection
I give you this song
to all these beautiful people

In the morning curled up
a fever dream surrounds me
the even and hostile wind
busted out angry
and a desperate cry
echoes in the hungry street
the verse that always faces
the weapons of that soldier
his soul has gone astray
in the sights of his shotgun

Before this long confinement
we cannot hesitate nor forget
those who carry exile
only an iron heart
can continue walking
with his soul flying high
and in his dreams deciding
always keeping on building
free and not bleeding

Free and without pain
Free from mishandled judgments
Free from prejudice and sin
Free from the coward and the armed
Free to keep celebrating
That the one in charge will now be the ruled one
That the one in charge will now be the ruled one


released April 15, 2021

Juancho Herrera - guitar, vocals, synth, bombo, sampler
Manu Koch - electric piano
Bam Rodriguez - electric bass, moog
Franco Pinna - drums, percussion
Alejo García - special guest on vocals

Recorded remotely by each musician in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Medellín, Colombia.

Mixed by David Darlington and Juancho Herrera
Mastered by David Darlington

Photo: Juancho Herrera
Cover Design: Nikolett Pankovits

Produced by Juancho Herrera.


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Juancho Herrera New York, New York

Hailing from Colombia and Venezuela, guitarist/vocalist Juancho Herrera is one of the most interesting performers of today’s NYC music scene. With a career of 20 years as a frontman and sideman, Juancho has performed in 37 countries, with artists such as, Claudia Acuña, Lila Downs, Idan Raichel, Sofia Rei, Marta Gomez, Mercedes Sosa, Aquiles Báez, Nestor Torres, Alejandro Sanz, among others ... more


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