Palabras Urgentes, marks the 50th year of Susana Baca’s extraordinary musical career. With an illustrious life spanning music, teaching and politics from multiple Grammy Awards to becoming Peru’s first black cabinet minister and holding the post of Minister of Culture, Palabras Urgentes is the nexus of all Susana’s experiences and, at the age of 76, is the album she always wanted to create.
Translated as Urgent Truths, the album was recorded as a form of protest, to spark debate and intended to take on today’s difficult times. It is the combination of the music’s beauty and the urgency of the lyrics that makes Palabras Urgentes so compelling.
Recorded in Cañete, a small town located 150 kilometres from Peru’s Capital, Lima, Palabras Urgentes is a collection of 10 songs, each song its own individual chapter of an all-encompassing narrative, taking the listener on a journey through a unique musical reflection on the traditions of Peru. Susana touches on subjects surrounding feminism, liberty and education, and reflects on personal stories taking the listener on a journey that invokes romance, sorrow, strength and hope.
The album is given added life by the presence and support of Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist and bandleader of the emblematic New York band Snarky Puppy, Michael League, the producer has challenged Susana and the musicians approach to making music and bought a new perspective to creating the album, his productions bring a universal and contemporary sound to the album.
released October 8, 2021
All songs conceived by Susana Baca
Arranged by Michael League
Produced by Michael League
Co-produced by Ricardo Pereira and Fab Dupont
Engineered and mixed by Fab Dupont
Additional engineering by Diko Shoturma and Michael League
Assisted by John Muller and Tom Beuchel
Mastered by Dave McNair in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Recorded at Bembón Records in Cañete, Perú, Bambú Records in Lima, Perú,
Flux Studios in New York, New York, and Atlantic Sound Studio in Brooklyn, New York
Mixed at Flux Studios in New York, New York
Mastered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Executive Producer Ricardo Pereira
Published by PREGON PRODUCCIONES, Lima, Peru
(p) 2021 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Real World Records Ltd.
(c) 2021 Real World Records Ltd
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The one and only (and ardently adored) Peter Gabriel welcomed this Swedish artist onboard of Real World Records by comparing him to Brian Wilson. I'm not completely sure about that but who am I to contradict the master?
Anyways, Emil certainly has a way with melodies, harmonies and arrangements, so probably he really is Europe's answer to Brian Wilson ;-)
That said, I think this new album is his sparsest yet (in terms of arrangement), mostly just some keyboard and his impressive voice. Carsten Pieper