Alevanta! (18 Chulos Records, 2006/Riverboat Records-World Music Network, 2007)
One of the most charismatic singers in the Spanish world music scene, Benjamín Escoriza, has released his first solo album. Benjamín Escoriza is better known as the lead singer and lyricist for Radio Tarifa, the popular world music band from Madrid.
Alevanta! has less Moorish influence than Radio Tarifa, but, otherwise, the CD has a strong Radio Tarifa feel. Benjamín Escoriza combines his socially conscious lyrics with fiery Flamenco, groovin” Gypsy rumba, Medieval influences, Spanish folk and a variety of world beats.
Although it is still early in the year, this is one of the best world music CDs of 2007.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.