|September 1, 2017|
Cruzando Corazones (Where Hearts Collide), a boundary crushing Razteria production which over an intense year long production process which integrated various artists, groups and engineers spanning 2 continents and 4 countries. An EP filled with powerful symbolism and colorful expressions of important issues, Razteria further embodies her role as producer-artist, taking on the roles of primary producer and mix engineer.
“Tiempos de Tinieblas” is a hip hop song by young artist EDY from Cochabamba, Bolivia, Razteria’s first artist. The two met while working at EnseñArte. Representing the end of the brutal history of dictatorships in Bolivia and can be applied to the rest of South America; a call to take control of one’s destiny in free society, and hinting at the irony of history repeating itself all over the Americas.
SURATIVA PARLANTE, a 9-piece Afro-beat/Cumbia band from Bogota, Colombia. Razteria added a vocals verse to their song “Agua Pa Camello” – Water for Camel. Stylistically, it’s reminiscent of FELA KUTI. Sticking to the theme of Cruzando Corazones, “Agua Pa Camello” enlightens listeners regarding water; the scarcity and vital necessity of sharing.
KALIMBA is an 8-piece Latin reggae band from Bella Vista, province of Buenos Aires that infuses rock, funk, and jazz into their contagious sound. They have been around for over a decade and have shared the stage with Alika, Don Carlos, Riddim, Fidel Nadal, El Naty Combo, Resistencia Suburbana, Dancing Mood and Mad Professor. “Suerte”, quite simply, is a love song infused with a feeling of gratitude for being alive.
“Solo en la Carne” features LUCAS ROCHAIX, a young jazz composer from Buenos Aires. This song is the Spanish version of Razteria’s award-winning song “Once Again” (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Grand Prize in World Music 2016). Recorded at Chafirete Studios with Andres Delacasa on drums and Raian Valença João on bass. It is a humble wish to see, feel and hear the words of loved ones who are far away.
Public health is tackled in “Mosquito”, a Razteria original, versioned by female producer and multi-instrumentalist EMJE ROSE from Barranquilla, Colombia. Her bass and guitar playing combined with percussionist Oscar Reyes showcases the vibrantly exotic feel of the Colombian Caribbean. A fun song that informs about the prevention of Dengue fever; specifically, the methods of reducing mosquito habitat (standing water).
Obscure Argentinian folklore band CELESTE Y LAS MIL JARILLAS contributes with “Todas las Voces” paying homage to legendary Mercedes Sosa, who first made this song, known as “Cancion con Todos” famous. It speaks to the diversity of Latin America and is unquestionably a South American anthem.