Latin reggae roots rocker Eljuri and Albany's own Taina Asili perform as part of "Spirit of the Suffragettes," an 8-part music series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians, from international to local, featuring free music, arts activities and food!
"This is an album that stands at the head of the pack of modern crossover, reggae-influenced music, and could go down as an album for the ages, as it expands beyond the traditional boundaries of the genre and moves reggae music to a new level of appreciation."
"There is something special about each track, because with every song comes a different mood. As a result, this release comes off as spontaneous and emotionally kaleidoscopic, making for a truly distinctive style."
"With cords that rip a clear path to your dark side, and bring lightness to your dancing feet that’s already on the dance floor, entranced – this title track says undeniable feats of pure talent. It is an irresistible compilation of distinct choices, authentic jams, seamless expression, and infectious rhythms."
"Psychedelic nods run through the whole of the album. Bass reigns supreme and volume is a must, for the physicality of the sound deserves to be fully felt. Her voice embraces a commanding presence. Lyrics further emphasize this unique surreal quality. Melodies waft through in a dreamy sort of disposition. Rhythms have a perfect amount of rumble to them."
Warlock Asylum International News: Art, History, Music, Politics, and Spirituality for the Modern Alchemist says, "Gifted with a beautiful voice, appearance, and instrumental talent, Cecilia Villar Eljuri aka Eljuri is a remarkable artist with an equally enchanting sound. "
"Eljuri spins out songs that that mirror the experiences of her life and, increasingly, of so many others. One of the top Latinx guitar players in the world, she merges the sounds and rhythms she heard from her mother’s piano, her father’s vinyl records, her siblings’ CDs and Manhattan’s lower east side club scene."
"Roots reggae with a distinctly latin twist but more than that a collection of songs which are as infectious as they are poignant, music which is as effortlessly contagious as it is deftly wrought, a vibe that encompasses chilled sunshine euphoria as much as it does reggae’s defiant stance."
"Built around Eljuri’s guitar mastery and hypnotic voice and subtitled ‘La Colección Reggae de ELJURI’, the album [Resiste] blends reggae, heart, joy, at times otherworldliness, and irrepressible dance rhythms. It is simply spectacular..." Thanks to Patrick O'Heffernan for the positive vibes!