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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

Eljuri releases her single ‘Keep it Up’ as musical inspiration prior to US mid-term elections

New York, NY - Appalled and enraged by current political and social turmoil, Cecilia Villar Eljuri is once again turning to her music to express her frustration. Following her critically acclaimed album ‘La Lucha’, Eljuri has written a motivating theme to inspire her sisters and brothers who are in the fight against injustice for the long haul. Her message and the title of the track is ‘Keep it Up’.

“The song just came to me, like a gift of encouragement, for all the hours and efforts I have made towards speaking truth to power and fighting for social justice. Everything seems to be flying at me fast and it’s hard to make sense of it all. But, I know that I’m up for it and am not alone. In the face of corruption, abuse and injustice, social change can go viral. – ‘El cambio social es un cambio viral cuando todo no está bien’.” –Cecilia Villar Eljuri

Caught off guard and inspired by this undeniable tune, Eljuri and her label Manovill Records decided to record and produce ‘Keep It Up’ in time to release the song before the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. This is the first time Eljuri has released a single independent of an album. Currently she is working on a reggae project to be released in early 2019 with which she plans to tour in 2019-2020.

Eljuri reaffirms her original sound on ‘Keep It Up’ with her funky guitar and hooky bilingual vocal riffs. Tapping on her New York City hometown team to execute her vision, Cecilia (vocals/guitars/synth) called on Alex Alexander (drums/percussion) for his perfect pocket grooves and Johnny Pisano (bass) to rock and reflect her music. This little gem came together in the perfect vibe of NYC’s Downtown Music Studios with recording engineers Juan ‘Saucy’ Peña and Zach Hancock.

Release date: Friday October 19, 2018 via all streaming services.

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Eljuri: Keep It Up

Music and Lyrics by Cecilia Villar Eljuri (BMI)

Produced and Arranged by Cecilia Villar Eljuri

Executive Producer: Alexandra L. Gatje

Recorded by Cecilia Villar Eljuri at Manovill Studios, New York, NY

Recorded by Juan ‘Saucy’ Peña and Mixed by Zach Hancock at Downtown Music Studios, New York, NY

Additional Engineering by Jeff Citron

Mastered by Rob Murray at Pool Side Sound, Austin, TX

Cecilia Villar Eljuri: Lead vocals and harmonies, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, synthesizer, midi-horns and strings.

Alex Alexander: Drums and percussion

Johnny Pisano: Bass


Management and US / Canada / European booking:

Alexandra Gatje, Manovill Records

tel: 917.744.9464  |

US / Canada / Europe World Music media:

Ron Kadish, Rock Paper Scissors, tel: 812.339.1195,

US / Canada Latin media:

Elena Rodrigo, The Music Joint, tel: 818.509.7782,

Mexico / SA booking and media:

Monica Frias Gil, Verbigracia, tel: 011 5255.4752.7796,

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