CIGALA'S NEW CD “Indestructible”



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El Cigala has earned this sort of faith through a series of accomplished zig zags. He won his first Latin Grammy in 2004 for Lágrimas Negras, a collaborative album with the Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés that took home the Best Traditional Tropical Album honor, while his most recent award came in the tango category (his second tango win) for 2013's Romance de la Luna Tucumana. Where genre names denote difference and throw up walls, El Cigala tends to see similarities. "[Salsa] has many rhythmic, lyrical and compositional similarities to flamenco," he noted. "If there is no emotion everything is senseless," he added. "Listen to salsa, tango, boleros or flamenco, but it has to be something that excites you."


El Cigala's genre-evading work with Valdés is invoked explicitly on Indestructible -- one of the loveliest moments is "Fiesta Para Bebo," recorded in memory of Valdés, who passed away in 2013, and several songs on the record are Cuban boleros, recorded in the studio with Alvarez. "They hopefully harken back to what he was doing with Bebo," Alvarez said of the three songs that he worked on. "I came across Diego in the mid-to-late '90s at some point in Spain. [Lágrimas Negras] was where I was like, 'whoa.' I switched on my student hat: what made this recording really beautiful and really successful?"


El Cigala has long harbored an interest in salsa and Cuban music. "I used to listen to Benny Moré, Antonio Machín, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and other artists like them," he said. "My father would listen to Machín a lot." "I felt comfortable with salsa," he added. "That's why I did it. I wouldn't have done anything that would harm the name of salsa -- or that of flamenco."






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