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Mojado songs of the spirit of México

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By Suzanne Ludekens

Singer-songwriter-troubador Maria Moctezuma visits San Miguel for two concerts on her “Mojado” (Wetback) tour. Blending the traditional rhythms of México with lyrics of social and political commentary, Moctezuma’s concerts are powerful musical storytelling. Earning her recognition as a voice of the future of México.

The “Mojado” concert is a compilation of songs from Moctezuma’s three albums, a sonorous journey through México’s past and present, from the prehispanic and the Mayan jungle, to fields of maíz, to modern urban settings. All within the context of exploring the volatile issues of contemporary México- external physical borders and invisible inner frontiers.

Last year when in Tijuana filming the video of ‘Mojado’ Moctezuma spent a lot of time with people at the border, listening to their stories. Stories of disappearances, of people caught between the USA and México, of hopes and dreams slowly disintegrating, of weariness and fatigue and yet despite the heart-breaking hardships, stories of resilience. Surprisingly she found Tijuana a place alive with humanitarian spirit, present and palpable in an enormous willingness to help one another. From that harsh reality came songs that honor the fierce strength of people on the edge of survival and the dreams of living better lives. “I see the Earth and people as free,” she said. “Yet governments impose artificially created borders and concepts that create separation between us.”

The origin of Moctezuma’s current socio-political music has evolved from an intimate exploration of México’s ancestral legacy and musical and cultural traditions. Living in Merida, Moctezuma’s albums Revolucion Folklorico ( Folkloric Revolution) and Tierra Animal (Animal Land) payed homage to Mayan traditions and local customs with the captivating sounds of the prehispanic instruments ocarinas (clay flutes) caracol (ceremonial conch shell), zampona (panpipes) interspersed with the sounds of Mother Nature. The singer will also perform some of these evocative songs: Janal Pixan (Mayan Day of the Dead), Mujer de Maiz (Woman of Corn) and Eres una Bruja (You are a Witch).

Moctezuma believes, “the most profound tool for harmonious world change is the arts. I create music consciously to encourage social change for freedom and the unity of knowing we are beings without borders. I invite the audience to reevaluate our shared priorities, our common experiences and to question if our individual actions are in accordance with the desires for our community.”

Maria Moctezuma and her band Sonido Raizosos (Sonorous Roots) offer a musical experience of deep love of the land, culture, traditions, ancestry and people of México.

 

Concert

Tour “Mojado!”

By Maria Moctezuma

Fri, Aug 17, 7pm

VC & Friends, Hernandez

Macías 83, Centro

Sat, Aug 18, 8pm

Paprika, Ancha de San Antonio 9A

Reserve 152 4373

150 pesos

Presale:

Querencia, Julián Carrillo 4B, Col Guadalupe

 

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