When I find out last night that Rubén Albarrán, vocalist for Cafe Tacvuba was taking the band’s sabbatical year to tour with his new band HOPPO! and that there was an album released with him and that band covering songs by South American folk/protest artists like Violeta Parra, Victor Jara y Mercedes Sosa, I nearly swooned.
While many may consider covering the work of such important musical and historic figures and adding a modern twist, which Rubén does from what I have seen/heard so far, disrespectful. I think it’s a wonderful way to introduce new audiences to old legends and give them new life.
Violeta, Mercedes, y Victor have all served as lullaby sources for my ChileRicans. I’m excited that as they grow up, so can how they and others approach this music.
Check out Rubén y HOPPO!’s version of Victor Jara’s Te Recuerdo Amanda , while I try and get my hands on the entire cd.