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    With their second album, este mundo, Rupa and the April Fishes portray life’s accidental beauty and human suffering through a entirely unique melting pot of gypsy swing, Colombia cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas. The CD is packaged in a matte-finish digipak complete with a 32-page booklet including stunning exclusive photos and English translations.
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the words of persian poet hafez inspired this tune:

how
did the rose
ever open its heart

and give to this world
all its
beauty?

it felt the encouragement of light
against its being,

otherwise,
we all remain

too

frightened

this song is a declaration of who i have become through accepting my path in medicine and music, who i have realized myself to be. it is a recognition that i don't have a choice, that life pushes me from the inside to go out and do what i do. it's a relinquishing of control of who i think i should be and just being who i am. the song has the drunken quality that the sufi mystics equate with god and music--intoxication. it is a bursting out, an opening, at first timid and then full force. it starts intimately, as if you're hearing a secret. and then the band bursts in as if we had all been kidnapped by a ragtag group of crazy misfits who seize life by the collar, shake it up and say YES!

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from este mundo, released October 27, 2009

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