Limited deluxe 2LP cut loud for DJ use with gold metallic printed sleeve. Artwork by Penabranca
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“A profound journey through rhythm and musical anthropology. On top of that: it’s danceable!”
- Billboard Argentina
Uji’s years of traveling as an ethnomusicological globetrotter and documentarian are the deep roots that give form to his music. There is a story underlying every beat, echoing the unique cultural expressions encountered through his personal experiences.
La Descarriá is a manifesto about freedom, specifically relating to the struggles of women and how they are often judged unfairly by society. The original track was written by Argentine vocalist Corina Lawrence, produced by Uji, and also features the provocative Buenos Aires rapper Miss Bolivia. Uji decided to put another spin on the original production for his solo album, giving the song a newfound dance floor groove. In La Descarriá, Uji paints an audio landscape that takes you to the high plains of Bolivia, pairing it with a Tarantino style guitar riff and then brings you to a banging 808 inspired club beat.
In order to create the music video, Uji used archival footage that he filmed over the years while immersed in South America researching its rich musical and cultural heritage. In the “La Descarriá” video we find images from traditional festivities and rituals in which music plays an important role and shows Latin America’s deep rooted syncretism and amalgamation of influences. Images in the video shift from scenes from La Quebrada de Humahuaca’s Andean carnival in the north of Argentina to Montevideo’s Afro-Uruguayan Candombe llamadas, from the Pim Pim dances from the Wichi people on Argentina’s border with Bolivia; to the Afro-Peruvian festivities in Chincha, among others.
“Having immersed myself so deeply into the heart of Latin America has been a life-changing experience. What I saw and heard during those intense journeys is now embedded in all the music I create. There is a real struggle for cultural diversity to survive and since these travels I’ve made it my personal mission to try and show the world how rich this continent and its people really are.”