Fadia Mosri Makes Reggaeton Sound Classic
[Editor's Note: Spare Notes is a new Weekly music feature highlighting outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]
Back in mid-July, Fadia Mosri released her long awaited self-titled debut album, but the singer-songwriter had been busy building momentum ever since the NAMM show in Anaheim at the beginning of this year. An ex-member of the OC-based group Taller Sur, Mosri's decision to go solo has seen her make the mainstream Spanish-language media rounds appearing on Univision and Telemundo in addition to numerous outlets supporting her effort.
Originally from Sonora, Mexico and being of Lebanese lineage, Mosri's music traverses boarders melding rock sensibilities with folkloric instruments and Latin American rhythms. Bossa Nova relaxation frames "Tocando Cielos" while Peruvian zampoña flutes make a brief, but impressionable appearance on "Intimo y Sin Medida." The nine-track effort is impressive to say the least, but don't take my word for it! Lending the album to my mother converted her into an instant fan!
Now, more from Fadia Mosri herself after the music video jump...
"Honestly, I have several songs that I like in the album. It might due to the fact that this album has a variety of songs and rhythms all with their own personality and character, but if I would have to choose my top two it would be "Diamante Azul" and "Esclavo y Amo." The feeling of darkness, intrigue, passion that I was attempting to portray in "Diamante Azul" could not have been depicted better via the arrangements, lyrics, melody and the story. In "Esclavo y Amo," in spite it being a cover, I feel proud about the arrangements orchestrated in this song. We aimed to combine flamenco guitars, the Latin American charango, a Hindu citara with a mix of reggaeton, yet not leave out the classical feel that was portrayed in the original version. The outcome of both of these songs could have not been better."
On Celebrating Mexican Independence Day With a Show:
"I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such an significant event and to share with my community the meaning of this celebration, the independence of Mexico. Plaza Mexico in Lynwood has become a landmark where our community feels united, and I could not think of a better place to celebrate such an important event and "dar el grito." I also feel honored to share the stage with such talented and established artists such as "El Coyote" Larry Hernandez, and local artist Leonel Miguez. This will my first time that I have participated in such an important event. I am more ready than ever to perform and will give the best of me on stage!"
Fadia Mosri performs as part of Fiestas Patrias 2012 at Plaza Mexico, 3100 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood. www.plazamexico.com; (310) 631-6789. Sat.,12-10 p.m. Free. All Ages.
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