Guatemalan Songwriter David Lindes Releases Performance Video

Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" ÔÇô A Spanglish rendition that tells about an immigrant farm worker longing for ho

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: June 6, 2014

Guatemalan Songwriter David Lindes Releases Performance Video

On his self-titled debut album, David Lindes borrows from Mexican, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles, with heavy doses of Americana and subtle electronic elements. The result is 11 tracks: 5 in English, 5 in Spanish, and the last one -- "No Woman, No Cry" -- in both. The "Spanglish" version of the Bob Marley track is currently featured in a YouTube performance video by Lindes, and directed by Brandon Arnold.

"The video was created at our favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City, Frida Bistro, and the backup singer is my wife. Because the story is about an immigrant laborer singing to his far away wife, singing this song together does has a sense of intimacy and sadness. It makes us feel fortunate to be together, and it makes us feel a sense of empathy for couples that are kept apart by a border," said Lindes.

The album was released through online music retailers on June 1st. David's songs address themes from his personal experience, having come to the United States from Guatemala with his mother and older sister as a child. He sings about immigration as an act of heroism and hope, but also one of violence, "A brutal break with your past, your family, and yourself," he explains.

From gently syncopated Latin ballads sung in English to Delta Blues-tinged anthems about migration and social change, the rhythms and languages combine to capture a bicultural world where identity is hard to define and a sense of home is always in flux. The album was co-produced by Brazilian percussionist Edson Gianesi and David Lindes.

More info at www.DavidLindes.net

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