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Este Mundo

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San Francisco's musical nomads Rupa & the April Fishes hold up a carnival mirror to life and present a warped, humorous and occasionally disquieting reflection. Sequestered beneath Rupa's infectious and captivating melodies are thought-provoking themes that address life, love, art, death and the real and artificial divisions that keep us apart. Specialists in crossing borders and building bridges, they effortlessly blur the boundaries of genre & geography to create a sound Time Out has called "global agit-pop".

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French, Latin and any number of gypsy-adjacent influences course through their mix with a pleasantly "San Franciscan" kind of flourish. Watching them perform is a little like riding with the top down in a double-decker bus, careening through seven or eight crowded ethnic neighborhoods, each one in the middle of a massive street party. -- Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2008
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  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • ASIN: B002MT3D2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I read about this artist and her band in Relix magazine and listened to a few cuts on line before deciding to order 2 of her albums. Rupa sings in English, Spanish, and French....and very lucidly at that....which makes her sort of the female equivalent of Manu Chau. The songs are wonderful...both aesthetically and in terms of their social awareness. It's hard to believe that this talented artist's "day job" is teaching at UDSF, one of the most prestigious med schools in the U.S. I am looking forward to seeing Rupa and the April Fishes live at some point....can't wait!
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Rupa & the April Fishes won critical acclaim and a global network of devoted fans with their exquisite debut CD, "eXtraOrdinary rendition." Their eagerly-awaited second release, "Este Mundo," seems destined to multiply both the accolades and the fan base exponentially. Multilingual singer/songwriter/physician/human rights activist Rupa Marya and her talented, inventive band have created a fabulously exuberant and eclectic collection exploring themes of love, longing and loneliness. Several of the songs confront the borders--geopolitical and metaphorical--that separate people from their loved ones and their dreams, and Rupa gives passionate voice to the migrants who risk life and limb to find a new life in a strange and inhospitable land.

Other songs worthy of mention include "L'elephant" and "Trouble." In the former (inspired, I believe, by the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti) Rupa sings of an elephant walking through the jungle, innocently trampling the trees in its path, which enables the human following in that path to enjoy the moonlight that "only falls where the trees have already fallen." One hears the elephant's footsteps in the band's thunderous crescendo, as Ara Anderson's gorgeous trumpet solo soars above the din. "Trouble," a delightfully jazzy/bluesy number, showcases the artistry of Marcus Cohen on trumpet, Ed Baskerville on cello and Safa Shokrai on bass, as Rupa laments an apparent tug-of-war between head and heart: "trouble beautiful trouble/why don't you stay/i think that you should go."

Backed by some of the finest musicians in the Bay Area, Rupa wonderfully answers the call of the Beatles to "take a sad song and make it better." "Este Mundo" is powerful medicine from the good doctor.
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"Este Mundo" is Rupa and the April Fishes' stunning sophomore album. It follows quickly on the heels of their debut album: Extraordinary Rendition Rupa Marya manages to juggle being a doctor at UCSF with touring,and performing at San Francisco's Outside Lands. One has to keep in mind their debut album came out--last year. Rupa and her merry band travel fast.

"Este Mundo" is a fascinating polyglot mix of klezmer, jazz, chanson, with some hints of Indian ragas. "La Frontera" opens with city sounds. "La Linea" is reggae,while "La Rose" is more of a traditional French chanson. "L'elephant" and "Soy payaso" blend Indian sounds with jazz. "Soledad" and "Neruda" are more meditative pieces. "Trouble" is a traditional jazz tune. Many of the songs have a Latin flavor to them. "La Estrella Caida" and "Por La Frontera" are evocative of Mexican rancheras/boleros.

"Este Mundo" is one of the strong closing albums of 2009. 2009 has been an eventful year, and this album perfectly captures it.
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I had a previous album from this mob and had wanted to hear more. Often when purchasing new music I find myself wondering at whether you will get more of the same, totally dissapointed or will you be trilled to bits. Count me in for the thrilled to bits. The combo of instruments and voice is choice to say the least, looking forward to more.
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The Rupa and the April Fishes have such a celebratory dance feel about it. The "Build" and "Extraordinary Rendition" are also celebratory songs in French, Spanish, English and maybe other languages with the Have Naglia dance beat.
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