Here goes a preview of the artwork for a flyer (and poster) I’m working on. It’s a freehand drawing inspired by Mexican folk art, especially the classic decorated calaveras (skulls) you can find during the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and the ones drawn by Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada. The graphic design and lettering are also inspired by chalkboard art.
Pachanga is a kind of music originally developed in Cuba by the end of the ’50s as a mix of Son Montuno and Merengue, characterized by cheerful rhythms, besides funny and puckish lyrics. After Fidel Castro raised into power, the Cuban music panorama started to lean more towards other islands and the USA. Ernesto “Che” Guevara once said about the Cuban revolution: «This is a socialism with pachanga!».
The name is also a synonymous for big party or fiesta, like the good ones with music and alcohol for dancing and drinking!