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This is the moment in the game when Rita Indiana takes over. When she starts to win everything. Rising stars, the best celestial event, we sit back & enjoy.
Just months (!) after her debut release entered the world via yr favorite GIF-maker’s favorite DIY media hallucination/fuckup-garden, DUTTY ARTZ, Rita indiana has created a Modern Masterpiece, a genius-monster of an album called El Juidero. It launched this week on the same label that catapulted Aventura into bachata stardom.
Rita’s one of those people who seem to effortlessly bend the laws of the possible… and do it in style — with content as well! The mind boggles. I tried to explain things over here… The former novelist’s way with words is incredible, so let’s just say we feel sorry for the gringo massive who can’t understand her lyrics because Rita is at the top of the lyrics game… for real. And the more you know about Dominican and related music(s), the deeper her songs & structures will reach. Context! plus Voodoo, baby! UNDARUNDEIRO 4 LIFE. (By the way, I was just talking with Ivory, he joined Rita & I to lay down some percussion on ‘Los Poderes’, and he was telling me about Garifuna musicians playing gigs up in the Bronx! Plus young, fast accordionists.)
So. El Juidero. We love Club Fonograma’s 5-star review: “Add Rita Indiana Hernandez to the list of extraordinary individuals who carry transcendence in every step of their creative spectrum.” We love the review because it is one hundred percent accurate, a rare journalistic event!
[clearly, Dominican cake]
The best part about running a DIY media hallucination/fuckup garden is watching great things happen to members of the Dutty Artz family as we explode into the world, determined to make it swing a little harder. We’re gonna make our cake and we’re gonna share our cake and we’re gonna eat that cake too, all at same time. (Cake metaphors = prepping you for our 12-part series on Dominican cake extragavance in NYC, they’re downright architectural).
Here’s the title track from El Juidero:
plus a deliciously funny song about ‘el maldito feisbu’ (think Zuckerberg) which she fed to the internet this winter: