Musaraña, a music break from the heaviness of 2020
The new project is the brainchild of María Laboy and is danceable, futuristic fuel for millennials.
Musaraña is a new project from Puerto Rican singer María Laboy and multi-instrumentalist and producer, Andres Rigau, designed to give our minds a break from the daily chatter and provide us with upbeat entertainment to allow us to let go.
Despojo is the duo’s suggestion of a new Latinx music genre and it represents being carefree and sexually liberated.
Musaraña describes themselves on Twitter as a “Latinx surrealistic explosive trip of all those random thoughts and feelings that incubate when our sexual desires accumulate.”
The sound is frantic and diverse, with layered genres like salsa, reggaeton, bomba, plena, merengue and perico ripiao and an electric feel.
The artwork for their debut single “Munchie Sexual” was created by Anómalo Estudio of Remezcla, and is meant to embody all of life’s colorful and random ideas. There are tostones con alas (fried plantains) with wings on them, red wine comets, orange fruit planets and tambores with butterfly wings.
The literal translation of musaraña is “timid shrew,” but that’s far from what the artwork and the music’s concept demonstrates. In Puerto Rican slang, it translates to random thoughts or a wandering mind.
Born in San Juan, María Laboy trained as a performer alongside the iconic Cepeda Family of Sancture, ambassadors of Afro-Puerto Rican music and culture.
When she moved to the states, she performed in front of audiences from El Barrio in New York, all the way to the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.
Laboy seeks to bring back soneras like Celia Cruz, Iris Chacón and La Lupe. She feels that the U.S hasn’t seen one since these iconic stars and she’s responding to the void by resurrecting their vocal improv skills, charisma and playful rhythmic ad-libs.
The end product is a danceable, futuristic Latinx music for the empowered millennial generation.
“For the longest time, I have been desiring to experience music, sounds and gatherings that profoundly shake and elevate our spirits from the challenges that we have been facing daily on different scales. In this, I am taking a cue from my African roots and how our ancestors used to do when dancing to drum beats to release the heaviness, the cruelties, of a hard day of labor and violence,” she told Afropop Worldwide.
Laboy hopes that this new single will assist people in releasing the heaviness of today’s suffering and reclaim their joy through music.