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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this is a fishy rendition of a cumbia from Colombia circa 1938. it helped me get over a broken heart, a broken home. living in SF near the ocean, the best way to deal with life's vicissitudes is to go to the beach and tell it to the water. i make myself get in, from head to toe a few times a year. it's good for you to hit the freezing water. wakes up all the cells. i call it "flushing your head." the presence of the ocean keeps everything in perspective. rapper boots riley joins us laying down rhymes about a relationship gone awry. we recorded this tune live and then put the band in for what we called the most expensive party we've ever had. oz fritz our sound wizard was at the board as the band partied around a stereo microphone at the close of one of our recording sessions. the tequila was lovely.
Bombino's electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré as well as Jimi Hendrix. Rupa & The April Fishes
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