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Fuerte

by Eljuri

Reconocida por la fusión de sus letras de mensaje y conciencia social con su candente guitarra rockera y sus ritmos afro-latinos, canta-autora ecuatoriana Cecilia Villar Eljuri presenta su segundo disco como solista.
Genre: Latin: Rock en Espanol
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1. Empuja (feat. Sly & Robbie)
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2. Un Fósforo
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3. Mas Fuerte
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4. Ya Es Hora (feat. Mario Muñoz)
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5. Enferma de Ti
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6. Derecho
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7. Víctima
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8. Paloma
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9. Las Calles
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10. Ámame
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11. Paloma (Kinky Remix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In wartime, in times of struggle, the choice is to be Strong [Fuerte].
Stories of the strongest artists stand out because of their integrity, fire, creativity, and persistence ... and so it is with this new album, and this new year, 2012:
Cecilia Villar Eljuri ... Strong [Fuerte].

“Outstanding Ecuadorian-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Eljuri… Fusing socially conscious lyrics with blistering guitar rock, she blended missionary fervor with impeccable musicianship.” –CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

How does inner strength grow?
Cecilia Villar Eljuri born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in New York has always demonstrated a singular focus. Daughter of Ecuadorian Paco Villar, the revered pioneer of radio, television and theater and Olga Eljuri a composer of great renown in Ecuador, Cecilia’s career was nurtured from an early age. She was immersed in music and the arts.

Building a strong foundation.
From an early age, Eljuri was writing songs, playing guitar and sneaking into shows to hear her favorite bands. She started performing professionally when she was 17 with “The Trouble Dolls,” filling historic New York rock clubs like CBGB's and The Bitter End.

Musically restless, she formed the band, “Grupo Fiesta” (1998). Drawing from her latin roots, her music, lyrics and arrangements began to resonate with that style.

Defiant and tenacious, and in search of an outlet for her own musical perspective, Eljuri released her solo debut En Paz (2008) under the indie label Manovill Records in the U.S. and a year later in Mexico under the prestigious label Discos Intolerancia.

En Paz is enriched by the contributions of guest musicians that reinforce it with intense and dynamic sounds including the reggae riddims section of the legendary Jamaican duo “Sly & Robbie,” and the highly respected rock maven Johnette Napolitano, lead singer of the alternative rock band “Concrete Blonde”. The album gained critical attention by the force of Eljuri’s universal truths and global rhythms.

The secret roots of strength.
This exceptional guitarist sponsored by Gibson has been compared to Carlos Santana by many periodicals including Global Rhythm, The New Yorker and Al Borde.

Sensitive and committed, of Latin blood and heart, composer and lyricist, leader of all the projects in which she has been involved, Cecilia has toured in Mexico for three years as a power trio with her accompanying musicians Alex Alexander on drums and Keith Golden on bass. Eljuri performed at various festivals and forums such as UNAM, UCM, many clubs in and around Mexico City, reaching the heights of the 2010 Ollinkan Festival and Vive Latino Festival 2011 on the emerging independent artist Intolerante stage.

In August 2011, on her first tour in Colombia, South America she was invited to open for “Doctor Krápula” as part of the social campaign: Smoke-Free Parks and Beaches with live appearances in Bogota, Santa Marta and Cartagena.

The choice is to be strong.
Eljuri’s sophomore solo album Fuerte is produced by Grammy winner Gustavo Borner and co-produced by Cecilia Villar Eljuri. 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 April 17, 2012 by the labels Manovill Records in the U.S. and Discos Intolerancia in Mexico.
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En tiempos de guerra, en tiempos de lucha, la opción es ser Fuerte.

Historias de artistas fuertes las destacamos por su entereza, fuego, lucha, creatividad, persistencia…así llega a este nuevo álbum, así llega al 2012:
Cecilia Villar Eljuri… Fuerte.

“…Una ecuatoriana destacada, que vive en Nueva York cantante y letrista Eljuri…fusiona sus letras de mensaje y conciencia social con su candente guitarra rockera, ella combina su ardor ferviente con su impecable musicalidad.”
Chicago Sun-Times

¿Cómo crece la fuerza interior?

Cecilia Villar Eljuri ecuatoriana, nacida en Guayaquil, ciudadana de Nueva York ha optado como único camino ser Fuerte. Hija del venerado pionero de radio, televisión y teatro ecuatoriano Paco Villar, su madre la compositora Olga Eljuri, fueron la semilla que le dió solidez a su carrera sumergiéndola desde niña en la música y las artes.

La estructura un camino a construir.
Desde muy joven fue una guitarrista definida, Eljuri se inició profesionalmente a los 17 años con “The Trouble Dolls”, colmando los históricos clubes rockeros neoyorkinos CBGB’s y The Bitter End.

Musicalmente inquieta, su segunda banda fue el “Grupo Fiesta” (1998), con la que se encaminó hacia su propuesta musical latina.

Definida y tenaz, lanzó su debut solista En Paz (2008) bajo el sello Manovill Records, que lo editó en Estados Unidos antes que en México lo distribuyese el prestigioso sello de búsqueda Intolerancia.

En Paz está enriquecido por la presencia de destacados músicos que le dotan del sonido propositivo y enérgico que incluye la clásica sección rítmica del baterista Sly Dunbar y el bajista Robbie Shakespeare, célebres sesioneros del reggae jamaicano. Colabora también con Eljuri la respetada rockera independiente Johnette Napolitano, figura frontal del grupo de rock alternativo “Concrete Blonde”.

Las raíces secreto de la fuerza.
Esta guitarrista excepcional patrocinada por Gibson ha sido comparada con Carlos Santana por la prestigiosa revista Global Rhythm y el semanario The New Yorker y con su primera producción solista se enfiló por el camino latino.

Sensible y comprometida, latina de sangre y corazón, compositora y letrista, lìder de los proyectos en los que ha participado, Cecilia ha realizado cuatro visitas a México con Alex Alexander en la batería y Keith Golden al bajo, habiéndose presentado en diversos foros de la UNAM, UCM, clubs de la Ciudad de México, llegando hasta el Festival Ollinkan 2010 y el Festival Vive Latino 2011/Carpa Intolerante.

En agosto del 2011 realiza su primera gira en Colombia siendo el grupo invitado en la Gira del “Doctor Krápula” en la campaña social: Parques y Playas Libres de Humo en Bogotá, Santa Marta y Cartagena.

La opción es Fuerte.
El nuevo disco de Eljuri como solista, titulado Fuerte, fue grabado en New York y Los Angeles y estuvo bajo la producción de celebrado Gustavo Borner, ganador de múltiples premios Grammy, y co-producido por la propia Cecilia Villar Eljuri. Esta poderosa colección de canciones esta enriquecida por la presencia de prominentes músicos invitados, incluyendo una vez mas el famoso duo jamaiquino de reggae, el baterista Sly Dunbar y el bajista Robbie Shakespeare, quienes prestaron su talento y entusiasmo en la canción “Empuja”. Eljuri cuenta también con la colaboración en varias canciones incluídas en el disco, de los altamente respetados músicos de rock independiente Mario Muñoz y Sergio Acosta Leon del grupo colombiano Doctor Krápula. El track bonus del disco es una remezcla de la cancion “Paloma”, hecha por el celebrado grupo mexicano Kinky.

Fuerte será lanzado simultáneamente éste próximo 17 de Abril , por los sellos Independientes Manovill Records en EEUU y por Discos Intolerancia en México.




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Joe Ross, Sun209: The Americana Music Journal

Up-tempo grooves, expert musicality & socially-conscious messages
Eljuri is Cecilia Villar Eljuri, an Ecuadorian singer-songwriter and guitarist who now makes her home in New York. Her world-beat music conveys great strength (“Fuerte”) on her sophomore album. It’s been several years since she released “En Paz (In Peace)” to both U.S. and Mexican audiences. The force of her universal truths and global rhythms brought her much acclaim, and she spent three years touring Mexico as a power trio with Alex Alexander (drums) and Keith Golden (bass).

Besides her intensity and many tones on the broad aural palette, we hear the electrifying pop appeal of her melodies and lyrics. She continues to call for an optimistic future for all, united by peace and enlightenment. While bilingual, Eljuri sings primarily in her native Spanish, but we also hear some English in “Victima,” a rocking song about coming to grips with one’s troubles and reality. Like her debut album in 2008, I hope that her future albums will also provide English translations or at least a few liner notes about the meaning of each song.

Eljuri is the daughter of radio/TV/theater pioneer Paco Villar and composer/pianist Olga Eljuri de Villar. Both were inspirational to her during her formative years, but now Eljuri's signature sound is driven by strong rhythms and crisp guitar work that keep your attention on a visceral level without detracting from her tender vocalizing. Produced by Gustavo Borner, “Fuerte” emphasizes the need for human freedom. Besides her touring partners of Alexander and Golden, other instrumental and vocal support comes from Mario Muñoz (two tracks), Sergio Acosta Leon (two tracks), both from Colombia's famed rock group Doctor Krápula. A cast of others are featured on the highly-arranged opener entitled “Empuja (Push)” (with Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dougie Bryan, Ansel Collins, Robbie Lyn, Sticky Thompson, Skully Simms). Following that song is Eljuri's first single “Un Fosfóro,” and there’s a rocking video of that song on You Tube, produced and animated by Z Collective.

Eljuri’s music continues to build bridges between both genres and cultures. She embraces rock music, but she also presents a softer silky side with a song like “Amame.” I’d like to hear even more of her more mellow, acoustic side in the future. “Fuerte” closes with a bonus track of “Paloma,” a remix of her song by Mexico’s celebrated electronica group called Kinky. A few tracks earlier, we heard her present the same song in a different musical setting emphasizing her solid guitar riffs, danceable melody and expressive lyrics. Like her 2008 album, “Fuerte” accentuates up-tempo grooves, highlights her band’s expert musicality, and underscores her important socially-conscious messages of moral urgency and conviction. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)