Still, I know from some of your comments (hey...I've been meaning to talk to you about the lack of comments of late. So I will, later. But for now...) that some of you are fans of the emerging rock/pop/reggae/punk/etc sounds emerging from Latin American and expatriate Latinos, such as the Ireland-dwelling Rodrigo y Gabriela.
So this one's for you. The new album En Paz from Ecuador-born Cecilia Villar Eljuri will hit the stores May 20 (scoop: it's already available on CDBaby). I know today is May Day, but since she doesn't have songs about striking dockworkers, I'll settle for this song of imprisonment, which reflects the more rocking (and flamenco-tinged, with the vocal assistance of Johnette Napolitano) side of the artist. There's a fair amount of variety on En Paz, from the quiet conflicted passion of "Yo Soy" to the reggae licks of "El Aire," featuring Sly & Robbie.
The album's title emerged from Eljuri's feelings as she put together the album. "These days I don't see much peace around us," she explains. "I see danger, inequities, fighting over borders, divisions among people and the loss of love. In spite of all that, I believe there is hope that we can overcome this and coexist in a tranquil society."
Well, a tranquil society that rocks out now and then.
[mp3] Cecilia Villar Eljuri:
from En Paz
Eljuri website: eljurimusic.com
Eljuri on YouTube