Ojos de Brujo
- Jan Fairley
- 13 November 2009
Walking out the lift of an Edinburgh Hotel, Marina Abad is pushing her baby son in a buggy. Pivotal singer, composer and the only woman in Europe’s most popular world music band – the Barcelona collective Ojos de Brujo. Renowned for their flamenco-hip-hop and VJ shows, Marina’s addition to the Ojos family has changed the feel of their music. Their latest album Aocaná, an irresistible fusion of pleasure and politics, exudes serenity.
‘Yes, we’re all more relaxed. We went to a big country house near Girona for a month and worked together finishing songs, writing new ones – taking it easy as I had the baby. That suited everyone. Usually I work songs over and over but this time I didn’t worry as much and we liked the result. Slowing down lets more love and emotion in!’
Family is a key word for Ojos de Brujo (meaning ‘Eyes of the Wizard’). They create and produce all their own material, manage themselves and work with a larger collective of designers for their artwork, shows and films.
On Aocaná they continue their politics with ‘Una Verdad Incomóda’ (An Inconvenient Truth), exploring the impact of Aids in South Africa, while ‘Baraka’ tells of the fears of immigrants without papers.
Still, the overall mood is celebratory with ‘Nueva Vida’ (New Life) exploring unconditional love, and a series of rumbas including ‘Busca Lo Bueno’ (Search For The Good). ‘There’s not as much darkness because babies make you see things differently. They really radiate light! We didn’t do rumbas for a time as they were ubiquitous but now we’re back in the mood, doing them in contrasting styles. We’re focusing on what’s good about life, and enjoying what you value in it.’
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 30 Nov, with the Mexican Institute of Sound