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ANI CORDERO ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
QUERIDO MUNDO IS SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017
ACTIVIST AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST ANI CORDERO RELEASES NEW ALBUM OF PROTEST SONGS
New York City – Ani Cordero, notable for her contributions to World Music, Latin Folk, and Indie Rock, launches her most pointed and urgent work to date, Querido Mundo, (Dear World), a record of all-original protest songs and love songs aimed at the global political crisis. The album is set for release on February 24, 2017.
Cordero describes her process for this new album:
“I made this record as a reaction to recent political events. Music is my main form of activism and it’s my hope that these songs will encourage political participation and much needed conversations. I wrote these songs to work in a crowded situation, such as a protest or march, so I started with the rhythms first, and built the arrangements around the rhythmic movement.”
“This record comes out in a dangerous political climate. In the United States, the government has fallen to the control of men who encourage misogyny, white supremacy, and discrimination. This new leadership threatens to change the legal fabric of the country, and has no reservations about reducing the civil rights of its citizens. Both in the U.S. and abroad there seems to be a rising tide of nationalism and increasing violence against immigrant communities. We cannot live in fear. It’s up to us to speak our minds and defend each other.”
Ani Cordero’s new album comes on the heels of her last project, Recordar, which re-imagined many of the famous political protest and folk songs from Latin American History, building on her long-time collaboration with Sergio Dias from Brazil’s Os Mutantes. The critically-acclaimed album received accolades from NPR, Billboard, USA Today, PRI The World, Brooklyn Vegan, BUST, Remezcla, and more.
Cordero’s goal with Querido Mundo is to use her music and message as a way of connecting and unifying music lovers and activists. The songs are written in Spanish, and Cordero plans a series of videos with English subtitles. Cordero worked with renowned mix producer Dave Trumfio, known for his albums with Billy Bragg, Wilco, My Morning Jacket.
Cordero discusses “Corrupción,” one of the fastest and most accessible songs on the album: “Corrupción has two levels, a direct level–aimed at politicians in Puerto Rico, where nepotism and corruption are rampant, and at a wider level it’s about the corruption of governments world-wide, calling out their abuse of power and resources.”
Cordero touches on other political themes in her songs:
“I wrote “El Pueblo Esta Harto” as a reaction to the forty-three disappeared in México, and the escalation of violence there. “Sacalo” is about getting out of abusive relationships, and about women standing up for themselves. “Voy Caminando” is about the immigrant experience, the longing and sacrifice in searching for a better life. “Me Tumba” is about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.”
On the new line-up for this record: “I wanted a more consistent feel from track to track, so I chose to work with just a handful of musicians. Erich Hubner is one of my oldest friends and collaborators- he plays guitar and bass on the album. Hubner understands me so well that after twenty years of working together, it’s nearly telepathic. Eileen Willis and I started working together as bandmates in Pistolera about ten years ago, and I love her decisive and strident accordion playing. Lisette Santiago, who played congas and bongos on the album, is a fantastic percussionist, who also knows all the history behind the traditional Latin rhythms I wanted to reference. Omar Akil Little, on trumpet, previously recorded and toured with me for ten years. Omar introduced me to Troy Simms, from Mobius Collective, who added saxophone to the album.”
Ani Cordero will be celebrating her album release party on February 26th at Rockwood Music Hall in New York. More info at http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com.
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