Cecilia Villar Eljuri, an extremely gifted guitar player, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in the cultural melting-pot of New York City. The press often refers to her as "Carlita" because her soaring electric guitar solos are reminiscent of Carlos Santana's.
"The highlight of the evening was a performance that mixes power pop with Latin music Cecilia Villar Eljuri played big wah-wah guitar lines… the rest of the band spiced the music with hot Santana-flavored samba that set the jampacked room ablaze."— NEW YORK TIMES
"En Paz" is a bilingual well crafted 12 song CD that mixes world beat and latin rock. The opening latin reggae track, El Aire, is a special collaboration with the supreme jamaican reggae icons, Sly & Robbie, drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare. With a cool and laid back vibe, the track seems “to float” along roots riddims and Latin-montuno guitar licks. Also appearing on "En Paz" is rock maven Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) who lends her voice to the flamenco infused Jaula. "En Paz" reached the top 10 and stayed for more than 10 consecutive weeks in the Rock / Latin Alternative chart of Radio & Records Industry Magazine. Also, Eljuri has been a favorite artist for several New World Music Directors of College Radio Stations in the US and Canada that has been reflected in the charts on over 250 radio stations (and Sirius/XM's "The Joint") appearing in the CMJ New Music Report.
Eljuri’s sophomore solo album "Fuerte" is produced by Grammy winner Gustavo Borner and co-produced by Cecilia Villar Eljuri. For "Fuerte" Eljuri was joined in the recording studio by her incomparable touring musicians Keith Golden on bass and Alex Alexander on drums and percussion. This powerful collection of songs is enriched by the presence of prominent invited guest musicians including once again the famous Jamaican reggae duo, drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare who lend their talent and enthusiasm to Eljuri’s song “Empuja”. Eljuri also collaborates on a few songs with the highly respected independent rockers Mario Muñoz and Sergio Acosta Leon of Colombia’s “Doctor Krápula”. The bonus track on the album is a remix of Eljuri’s song “Paloma” by Mexico’s celebrated electronica group “Kinky”. Fuerte will be released in Spring 2012 by the labels Manovill Records in the U.S. and Discos Intolerancia in Mexico.
Billboard magazine says, Ejuri has "... a sound that electrifies Latin styles...This is rock/dance music at its best." The world is a mix of cultures, attitudes, and perspectives and Eljuri’s music is a reflection of that – rumba, flamenco, rock, funk, Ecuadorian pasillo, reggae, Cuban son – strong tribal rhythms blended to support serious lyrical content – steeped in Latin rhythms and lush with groove orientated arrangements. Noche Latina says “She’s Joan Jett, PJ Harvey, Julieta Venegas, Tori Amos, and Andrea Echeverri all rolled into one…”