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Este Mundo

Rupa & the April Fishes Audio CD
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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rupa & the April Fishes create music that defies easy categorization. Their debut album, eXtraOrdinary rendition, echoes with influences of French chanson, Argentinean tango, Gypsy swing, American folk, Latin cumbias, and even Indian ragas. Their raucous and inviting performances have earned them a wide following in San Francisco, and they are poised ... Read more in Amazon's Rupa & the April Fishes Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • ASIN: B002MT3D2O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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San Francisco’s agit-prop nomads Rupa & the April Fishes are back with a second album crossing borders with a blend of French alternative chansons, rousing Latin grooves and energetic Gypsy swing. With their second album, este mundo (this world), Rupa & the April Fishes hold up a carnival mirror to life and present a warped, humorous and occasionally disquieting reflection. Sequestered beneath Rupa’s infectious and captivating melodies are thought-provoking themes that address life, love, art, death and the real and artificial divisions that keep us apart. The San Francisco-based musical agitators are specialists in crossing borders and building bridges, and on este mundo, due out on Cumbancha on Oct. 27, they effortlessly blur the boundaries of genre and geography to create a sound Time Out has called global agit-pop. Este mundo was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios by engineer and sound wizard Oz Fritz, who is best known for his work with Tom Waits (Mule Variations). Guests include rapper Boots Riley of The Coup, along with some of the Bay Area’s best musical talents including Tin Hat’s trumpeter Ara Anderon and Serbian slap bassist Djordje Stijepovic. Rupa & the April Fishes blend an alternative pop attitude with international spices, mixing in elements of Gypsy swing, Colombian cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas. According to lead singer Rupa Marya, “este mundo is a collection of sounds and songs highlighting life’s accidental beauty and surging joy as well as their inexorable partner: human suffering.” Radio: BBC London - DJ Ritu + interview 105 FM Cambridge - DJ Skunk will air interview before cargo show. Radio Ceredigion - Mikey J Tracks: (la frontera) / c'est moi / por la frontera / la linea / la rose / culpa de la luna / l'elephant / soledad / el camino del diablo / este mundo / soy payaso / neruda / trouble / espero la luna / la estrella caìda UK TOUR DATES 2009 Nov 24 London Cargo album launch 2010 Jan 19 Norwich Norwich Arts Centre Jan 20 London Rich Mix Jan 21 Bristol St. Georges Jan 22 York The Duchess Jan 23 Glasgow Celtic Connections Adverts: Froots half page Songlines quarter page Jungle drums quarter page

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Dissapointment 1 Jan 2010
By dc283
Format:Audio CD
I was expecting more great things after the debut album 'extraordinary Rendition'.
Instead it sounds like all the second grade tracks which did'nt make it the first time around.
Very dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 9 Jan 2012
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Another brilliant album from Rupa. Personally I am loving it more than Extraordinary Rendition, however both are really good albums. Just wish they would press these on vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superfine album ! 18 Jan 2010
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prompted to contribute a review for this fantastic, varied & enjoyable album, by the lukewarm review currently posted. An exceptional recording that has become one of my favourites of the year, and which I keep returning to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Possible alternatives 4 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Only listened to a couple of the excerpts on this web page but don't think it's my cup of tea. If you want to hear really good cross-over stuff, rather look out for Spontaani Viri or Svaeng, both Finnish groups that actually have something to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rupa is a delightful find! 11 Mar 2010
By C. L. Baron - Published on Amazon.com
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I read about this artist and her band in Relix magazine and listened to a few cuts on line before deciding to order 2 of her albums. Rupa sings in English, Spanish, and French....and very lucidly at that....which makes her sort of the female equivalent of Manu Chau. The songs are wonderful...both aesthetically and in terms of their social awareness. It's hard to believe that this talented artist's "day job" is teaching at UDSF, one of the most prestigious med schools in the U.S. I am looking forward to seeing Rupa and the April Fishes live at some point....can't wait!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Este Mundo" is Powerful Medicine 27 Oct 2009
By Doug Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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Rupa & the April Fishes won critical acclaim and a global network of devoted fans with their exquisite debut CD, "eXtraOrdinary rendition." Their eagerly-awaited second release, "Este Mundo," seems destined to multiply both the accolades and the fan base exponentially. Multilingual singer/songwriter/physician/human rights activist Rupa Marya and her talented, inventive band have created a fabulously exuberant and eclectic collection exploring themes of love, longing and loneliness. Several of the songs confront the borders--geopolitical and metaphorical--that separate people from their loved ones and their dreams, and Rupa gives passionate voice to the migrants who risk life and limb to find a new life in a strange and inhospitable land.

Other songs worthy of mention include "L'elephant" and "Trouble." In the former (inspired, I believe, by the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti) Rupa sings of an elephant walking through the jungle, innocently trampling the trees in its path, which enables the human following in that path to enjoy the moonlight that "only falls where the trees have already fallen." One hears the elephant's footsteps in the band's thunderous crescendo, as Ara Anderson's gorgeous trumpet solo soars above the din. "Trouble," a delightfully jazzy/bluesy number, showcases the artistry of Marcus Cohen on trumpet, Ed Baskerville on cello and Safa Shokrai on bass, as Rupa laments an apparent tug-of-war between head and heart: "trouble beautiful trouble/why don't you stay/i think that you should go."

Backed by some of the finest musicians in the Bay Area, Rupa wonderfully answers the call of the Beatles to "take a sad song and make it better." "Este Mundo" is powerful medicine from the good doctor.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Bombay to the Bay Area 12 Dec 2009
By Amaranth - Published on Amazon.com
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"Este Mundo" is Rupa and the April Fishes' stunning sophomore album. It follows quickly on the heels of their debut album: Extraordinary Rendition Rupa Marya manages to juggle being a doctor at UCSF with touring,and performing at San Francisco's Outside Lands. One has to keep in mind their debut album came out--last year. Rupa and her merry band travel fast.

"Este Mundo" is a fascinating polyglot mix of klezmer, jazz, chanson, with some hints of Indian ragas. "La Frontera" opens with city sounds. "La Linea" is reggae,while "La Rose" is more of a traditional French chanson. "L'elephant" and "Soy payaso" blend Indian sounds with jazz. "Soledad" and "Neruda" are more meditative pieces. "Trouble" is a traditional jazz tune. Many of the songs have a Latin flavor to them. "La Estrella Caida" and "Por La Frontera" are evocative of Mexican rancheras/boleros.

"Este Mundo" is one of the strong closing albums of 2009. 2009 has been an eventful year, and this album perfectly captures it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supa Dupa Rupa 22 May 2010
By Phillip E. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a previous album from this mob and had wanted to hear more. Often when purchasing new music I find myself wondering at whether you will get more of the same, totally dissapointed or will you be trilled to bits. Count me in for the thrilled to bits. The combo of instruments and voice is choice to say the least, looking forward to more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! This is a fantastic sound. 29 Oct 2013
By Liz Struble - Published on Amazon.com
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This is new, fresh music that can really move you. Expand your musical horizon and enjoy this album that is hard to pigeon hole into a category. If you say you like all kinds of music this will appeal to you.
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