New York-based Colombian-born singer-songwriter Alea to release new album Alborota August 19, 2021. Alea’s combines mixtures of cumbia, porro, currulao and huapango with pop and flamenco. Her songs are about strength, feminism and determination. She gives details, “I decided that I couldn’t let others and the environment dictate my freedom, who I chose to love and how I decided to speak my truths. My music has become a reflection of it. Be bold, fierce and shameless. “
Alea has released singles and music videos from the album over the past two years. The title of the album Alborotá is deeply personal to Alea. Alborotado (a) is directly translated as rowdy, tumultuous, noisy, disorderly; and in most of the Spanish speaking countries of America and Spain, that means being too, too different, too sexual. Alea explains, “I was called alborotada growing up by my family and friends because I was extremely motivated by creativity and imagination. I fought hard to stay true to this nature, but this judgment took its toll on me as I got older and I started to believe I was the problem. My body was the problem, my femininity was the problem. ” She adds, “I decided it was time to redefine this word, give it new meaning in my life and use it as a flag that represented being free, different, independent, outspoken, equal, feminist. I named the album Alborotá because it defines who I am now and what I want to share with others, this inner fire of strength and overcoming difficulties that frees you and celebrates you in every way.. “
Alea produced the entire album with Sinuhé Padilla Isunza on Jarana Records. Drawing inspiration from his background in Mexican, Brazilian and flamenco music, Sinuhé produced the album with an organic feel created with only acoustic instrumentation.
The album features Alea’s friends and collaborators, including Latin GRAMMY artists Felipe Fournier (vibraphone on Échale Sal), Luisa Bastidas (violin on Alborotá) and Jackie Coleman (trumpet on No Me Apaga Nadie) by Flor de Toloache, and Sonia De Los Santos (voice on Tú, Solo Tú). Alea adds: “Among them we also featured world class artists like Renee Goust, Elena Moon Park, Jaime Ospina, Miche Molina, George Sáenz, Juan Ruiz and Kika Parra. Our rhythm, our lock and groove was defined by the incredible Franco Pinna on drums. We also had the help and ears of friends like Kamilo Kratc, Nacho Molina and Luis F. Herrera, who listened to the mixes and gave us their feedback. All the arrangements were written by Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza and myself. The entire album was mastered by GRAMMY winner Luis F. Herrera. “
New York recording Release Party at City Winery on August 27
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years. He founded the worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal Charter of World Music. Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts and Music of the World.