Las 7 salves de La Magdalena is a unique concept album that traverses the Caribbean as it pays quirky homage to the mythical Mary Magdalene. It is a stunning world music debut that is boldly creative while staying faithful to the acoustic and earthy folk genres that inspired it. Imagine Julieta Venegas jamming with jibaro and guajiro music legends La Calandria or Celina y Reutilio, and you might start to envision Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofia’s edgy balancing act between innovation and tradition.
What people are saying about Las 7 salves de La Magdalena:
“The lyrics are playful, sensuous, strange, and at the same time familiar. The voice that sings is rich, tender, strong, powerful.”
— Anjanette Delgado, Siempre Mujer
“With its pure and honest sound, Las 7 salves de La Magdalena gives us the gift of an intimate experience full of personality and essence.”
— Brenda Hopkins Miranda, pianist and composer
"Rivera's fusion of Puerto Rican genres such as the seis and bomba with rarely-recorded Afro-Dominican salve and pri-pri rhythms point to an ideal zone of pan-Caribbean—and indeed, pan-human—understanding."
— Paul Austerlitz, ethnomusicologist, reed player and composer
"I'm in love with the project created by Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofía. The 7 Songs of Praise for The Magdalene transport me to a familiar place. They are enigmatic and distant, close and profound. Creators of a powerful balance between pain and strength. Uplifting, clear and refreshing."
— Yarisa Colon Torres, poet and author of Sin Cabeza
"I loved the spirituality and embellished simplicity with which they recorded the seven tracks. This musical product is complete, round, honest and without pretentions."
— Hector "Tito" Matos, percussionist and director of Viento de Agua