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The Rock & World of Eljuri

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in New York City, Cecilia Villar Eljuri is a compulsive genre-fuser writing songs that mirror the experiences of her life. Touted as one of the top Latina guitar players in the world, she blends the sounds and rhythms ...

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Ron Kadish

'Manovill Records and Anara Publishing present the European Debut of Eljuri and her Songs’

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and ‘artivist’ Cecilia Villar Eljuri releases her powerful new music video, BangBang. Witnessing the chaos and brutality inflicted on citizens across the globe motivated Eljuri to write this anti-gun violence song.

“The production is artful: lingering reverb-toned ambience behind the scratchy rhythm guitar… an upbeat reggae groove for the brassy anti-violence anthem ‘BangBang,’ – Delarue, New York Music Daily

From the riots in Ferguson to the mass shootings in Paris and countless cases of police brutality, Eljuri bears witness and asks how many more souls must be offered up to this indignity. She raises her voice in protest while wielding her strongest weapon, the guitar. The lilting rhythm of reggae in ‘BangBang’ merges with bursts of ska showing off Eljuri’s guitar prowess, accompanied by classic Jamaican bass and percussive styling by Tracy Wormworth and Alex Alexander.

“No matter what you listen to, it’s hard not to get taken in by one of the signature tracks on ‘La Lucha’ ‘Bang Bang,’ which ends with a stark recitation of the cities recently affected by gun violence. ‘When I was writing that song, it kept haunting me and, frankly, since I recorded it, there have been more (cities), which is insane,’ she said. ‘It’s a modern day crisis that we’re going through and I just want to bring that to light.’ Then again, that’s always been the point of Eljuri’s music — not just to entertain, but inform.” – Thomas Gerbasi, K063 Music

The creative video team of Kristian Austin and Olga Mazurkiewicz (Queen City Films / ZCollective) were tapped to direct, film and produce the performance video ‘BangBang’ under the executive production of Alexandra Gatje from Manovill Records. The video stars Cecilia Villar Eljuri on vocals and guitar, Alex Alexander on drums and Johnny Pisano on bass.

Hot News: Eljuri’s song BangBang, was just selected as a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest (World), September 2017. BangBang is the third single from Eljuri’s critically acclaimed album ‘La Lucha’ released by Manovill Records. Born in Ecuador, raised in NYC, Eljuri is touted as one of the top Latina guitarists in the world and has been a member of the Gibson family of guitarists since 2008. Eljuri navigates through musical landscapes ranging from rock, funk, bolero, reggae, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, all presented with an elegant and empowered female voice. She tours internationally as a power trio, performing her infectious grooves, spreading her uplifting message, and affecting positive social change.

ELJURI LIVE Concert to Benefit NYCLU at DROM NYC - September 20, 2017

As an ‘artivist’ deeply connected to her immigrant experience, Eljuri performs this timely benefit concert in support of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) whose work includes providing support and legal advice to immigrants. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, the benefit concert will be held on Wednesday September 20, 2017 at Drom, 85 Avenue A in New York City’s East Village. Doors: 6:00pm  /  Ani Cordero: 6:30pm  /  Eljuri: 7:15pm


Eljuri is honored to donate 100% of her proceeds from this concert to the NYCLU.


ELJURI LIVE at The Atlantic Antic, Brooklyn, NY - September 24, 2017
The Brooklyn Commons welcomes Eljuri and her percussionist, Alex Alexander to perform at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic. They will perform two sets from 3:30 to 5:30pm, Sunday September 24, 2017 at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The Atlantic Antic™ is a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that coexist in Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s largest festival transforms Atlantic Avenue into a sea of free entertainment offering something for everyone. 


BangBang: Stop and Listen. Spread the Word! #GunsDown #LaLucha

Eljuri: BangBang (Official Music Video)


Video Credits:




Lyrics and Music: Cecilia Villar Eljuri (BMI)


Direction and Cinematography

Kristian Austin / Olga Mazurkiewicz


Produced by

Queen City Films / ZCollective


Executive Producer

Alexandra Gatje / Manovill Records



in the video:

Cecilia Villar Eljuri: Vocals, Guitar

Alex Alexander: Drums

Johnny Pisano: Bass


in the recording:

Cecilia Villar Eljuri: Vocals, harmonies, electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizer, midi-horns

Alex Alexander: Drums and percussion

Tracy Wormworth: Bass


©2017 Manovill Records





Management and US and Canada booking:

Alexandra Gatje, Manovill Records

tel: 917.744.9464  |


US and Canada media:

(Latin) Elena Rodrigo, The Music Joint, tel: 818.509.7782,

(World) Ron Kadish, Rock Paper Scissors, tel: 812.339.1195,


Mexico booking and media:

Monica Frias Gil, Verbigracia, tel: 011 5255.4752.7796,


South America booking and media:

Natalia Huertas, The Music Joint, tel: +57 319.693.99.92,

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61 – 62 Eastcastle Street
The Gibson Brands Studio
Concert Start Time:
7:30 PM