THE SECOND TRACK TAKEN FROM HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM PALABRAS URGENTES
(OUT OCTOBER 8, 2021 ON REAL WORLD RECORDS)
Immersed in her country’s political landscape Susana Baca has come to understand and value the importance of being the heir to singers that once sung for liberty, social equality and for the end of racism and with “Sorongo” Baca embraces her role fully with a song written by Tite Curet Alonso, one of the great salsa composers, renowned for the social consciousness that ran through his work.
Watch the official video for “Sorongo” here
Baca calls “Sorongo” “a document of our life and its energy is birthed by the union of rhythm and soul. It finds a way to be both a song of the Caribbean and a song of the universe,” as it addresses the inequalities of Peru’s past with the most powerful weapon to fight injustice: knowledge.
Tite Curet was a prolific writer, originally from Puerto Rico, who penned more than 2,000 songs in a thirty year career and “Sorongo” was first released by his friend Rafael Cortijo Y Su Bonche in the late 1960s. More recently the song was recorded by Calle 13 (who also collaborated with Susana Baca on the Latin GRAMMY winning song “Latinoamerica.”)
“Within ‘Sorongo’, one can find intuition, strength, feeling and enunciation. I spent many nights trying to find the right way of singing ‘Sorongo’… in the end it is only with the presence of the musicians that accompanied me that it found vitality. I am sure that ‘Sorongo’ is faith found at the crossroad between feelings and rhythm.” – Susana Baca
Palabras Urgentes is a collection of 10 songs that attempts to bottle the heritage and tradition of those that once fought for a better world. It was recorded in Cañete, a small town located 150 kilometers from Peru’s Capital, and the songs are given added life by the presence and support of Michael League of the emblematic New York band Snarky Puppy whose production (alongside Fab Dupont) brings a universal and contemporary sound to the album.
“Sorongo is a very interesting track because of its history with Calle 13 and because it’s a powerhouse track on a record that doesn’t really have powerhouse tracks,” says League. “This is like a freight train and stands apart from the rest of the record in that way but Susana was really, really adamant about feeling Africa in Sorongo, so we made a lot of really interesting decisions during the recording process about textures and sounds and structure to make you feel the connection between the sugar fields in Peru and the African roots of the people who were enslaved and working them.”