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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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Eljuri to Release a Collection of her Reggae Songs

New York, NY – Cecilia Villar Eljuri is following up her politically charged single, ‘Keep it Up’, released in the fall of 2018, with a reggae project. The contribution of reggae music “to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual," UNESCO said in a statement when they inscribed ‘Reggae’ to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity this past November.

“I feel compelled to testify honestly, powerfully and without fear. I’ve learned from the masters of reggae how to speak my mind boldly, giving voice to the concerns of many. I am so inspired to live in a time where we are all confidently pressing for change together.” –Eljuri

With new material and a refreshed look to her collection of original reggae songs, Manovill Records releases ‘Resiste: La Colección Reggae de Eljuri’ on Friday April 12, 2019 via all digital platforms. (iTunes pre-release April 5, 2019)

No stranger to the reggae genre, Eljuri comes to this juncture in her career naturally. She has been writing reggae tunes since her early days with the Trouble Dolls on New York City’s lower east side. Eljuri has co-written three songs with the infamous Jamaican reggae duo: Sly & Robbie. Her songs ‘Una Ola’ and ‘El Aire‘ were deemed roots-reggae by Dermot Hussey the legendary broadcaster and musicologist. Dermot spins a diverse brand of reggae that, “as a format is an important part of revolution in radio.” Also included in the collection, winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest (World Category) is Eljuri’s anti-gun violence song ‘BangBang’:

“Cecilia Villar Eljuri is a triple threat: She's an accomplished songwriter, a great vocalist and one hell of a guitar player.” – NPR MUSIC, Alt-Latino

Touted as one of the top Latinx guitar players in the world and through her partnership with Sound Thinking NYC (CUNY and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment), Eljuri will be mentoring NYC High School girls interested in entering any aspect of the music business. She will lead a Guitar Masterclass April 20th and additional workshops through the summer of 2019.


Management and US / Canada / European booking:

Alexandra Gatje, Manovill Records, tel: 917.744.9464  |

US / Canada Latin media:

Elena Rodrigo, The Music Joint, tel: 818.210.5125,            

US / Canada / Europe World Music media:

Ron Kadish, Rock Paper Scissors, tel: 812.339.1195,

Mexico / SA booking and media:

Monica Frias Gil, Verbigracia, tel: 011 5255.4752.7796,