De’Anza’s Musical Awakening

De’Anza - Despertar
De’Anza – Despertar


Despertar (Fusion Beats, 2015)

Despertar (Awaken) is the title of the debut EP by a young Hispanic singer-songwriter from Santa Fe (New Mexico) called De’Anza. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she studied music and continues to develop her musical career.

On Despertar, De’Anza combines elements from various cultures, including Mexican mariachi and norteño music, Mexican cumbia, reggae, pop, electronic atmospheres and beats, and vocals that mix smoky Spanish-language singing with a cross between slow tempo rapping and spoken word.

In addition to her vocal abilities, De’Anza plays the vihuela, one of the traditional string instruments brought by Spanish settlers to the American southwest and Mexico. It’s commonly used by mariachi bands.

The most interesting track is “Si Señor,” a dreamy piece inspired by a traditional folk song from Santa Fe that represents a strong, mystical woman. De’Anza is at her best when she uses real singing rather than rapping.




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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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