“Reggae music unites us… it takes away your troubles and makes you feel good. I want to spread the wisdom and rhythms of reggae across borders of culture, language, and nationality and give my voice to a force that can help create positive change.” -Eljuri
“The sound of her songs is a contagious amalgamation of danceable rhythms with lyrics that address social issues.” -Houston Chronicle
“[Eljuri] bounces confidently between fiery Santana-esque rock, reggae, Motown pop and vintage Cuban dance rhythms.” -The Village Voice
So what does the music have to say about this?
With cords that rip a clear path to your dark side, and bring lightness to your dancing feet that’s already on the dance floor, entranced – this title track says undeniable feats of pure talent. It is an irresistible compilation of distinct choices, authentic jams, seamless expression, and infectious rhythms.
It makes me feel like a dancer – even though I know when I have two left feet. And the great thing about it – this is the kind of music with quirkability that every prejudged defect is actually part of the appeal and art.
Nothing broken can exist in this 7 track album apart from the fact that it’s too short to be this delicious.
Fun to know insights that are good to know include:
The lyrics for ‘Resiste,’ the album’s title and first single, were ripped from today’s headlines. Eljuri declares that the root of our problems is the amoral behavior of people in power. She encourages us to persist against the fear and hatred being spewed by corruption. With her funk meets one-drop reggae arrangement Eljuri engaged her tried and true New York City team, Alex Alexander on drums and Johnny Pisano on bass and recorded with Zach Hancock and Juan ‘Saucy’ Peña at Downtown Music NYC.
The collection includes original Eljuri songs including three co-written with the infamous Jamaican reggae duo Sly & Robbie. Her songs ‘Una Ola’ and ‘El Aire’ received heavy rotation on terrestrial and satellite radio and were praised as ‘roots reggae’ by Dermot Hussey, the legendary broadcaster and musicologist.
And then there’s this track:
https://open.spotify.com/track/7rpLtw7tLe759XllqXarlI that feels as vintage as the side streets of Paris, where vogue meets Cuba and sweat never felt as sensual, up close, or personal.
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