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Best of the Fall 2010 Latin Releases: Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios - El Juidero

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 22, 2010 01:29pm | Post a Comment
Rita indiana Y Los MisteriosRita Indiana Y Los Misterios-El Juidero
Out October 12th

Rita Indiana is probably the most interesting artist I have heard in a while. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, she was not known for her music at first. Instead, she was known for her literary skills, as the author of two books, Papi (2005) and La Estrategia de Chochueca (2003), that are now are part of the curriculum in some Latin American universities. Thanks to some dedicated blog sites around the world, she started to become somewhat of an internet sensation, offering her music for free downloads. I started to play some of her music in my deejay set throughout last year and this year, especially the beautiful “Jardinera,” which I usually opened my sets with when I could.

Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios-"Jardinera"



Visually, she is striking; her tallish, androgynous look reminds me of Annie Lennox with some Grace Jones mixed in. Musically, she blends her Caribbean influences (Merengue, Afro-Cuban, Reggae & Bachata) and mixes it her Anglophile influences. It’s the synths and scratchy guitars that remind me of what a CaribbeaRita Indianan-crazed England was creating in the eighties. Everyone -- The Clash, The Specials, Bow Wow Wow and even Bananarama -- had some Caribbean influence in their hit songs. What makes this album interesting is that Rita’s take is the reversal of the Anglos. She is a resident to Caribbean music and not a visitor, yet she gets the arty side of what the English were trying to do. Whether it’s the Merengue-Techno fusion of “Como Un Landron En La Noche” and “La Hora De Volve” or the Dub meets Bachata of “Paseme A Buca,” it’s the fusion of thoughts and cultures that continues to keep music interesting around the world.

Her take on The Eurhythmics “Sweet Dreams,” translated into Spanish as “Dulces Suenos,” is just striking. I know, I know… I know what you are thinking -- yet another cover of that song? You have to hear her version. Part new wave, part Reggae, and part Bachata, all awesome.

Besides the new album coming out, she is currently working on a screenplay with her girlfriend, Puerto Rican professor of Communications Noelia Quintero, based on and starring the group Calle 13. Quintero also directed Rita’s video for the song “La Hora De Volve.”

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