Maria Mulata: "De Cantos y Vuelos"

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Monday / July 15, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street

De Cantos y Vuelos, Maria Mulata´s most recent album, is a sonic journey that goes into the depths of Colombia: its forgotten lands and their stories, its people, and the great musical diversity of its coasts, valleys, rivers, mountains, forests, towns, and cities.

It is a musical flight throughout the small world condensed in Colombia, which is the fruit of the mixture of African, indigenous, and European elements combined with Jewish and Arab influences. This world ranges from the euphoria of the Caribbean to the saudade of Amazonian music, and passes through the mystique of the Pacific coast, the nostalgia of the Andes, and the ancestral runaway slaves and indigenous communities.

This project represents music born of the encounter between tradition and modernity, making Maria Mulata a singer of the 21st century. Cumbias, bullerengues, currulaos, sung dances, bambucos and serene tunes all take shape organically through a dialogue with the contemporary in renewed forms and novel explorations which, though duly evoking teachers and sages of old, mark a new path for Colombian music.

Not only do we have roots, we can now say that we also have wings.