Singer-songwriter, guitarist and ‘artivist’ Cecilia Villar Eljuri releases her powerful new music video, BangBang. just selected as a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest in the World category. BangBang is the third single from Eljuris critically acclaimed album ‘La Lucha’ (Manovill Records).
The creative video team of Kristian Austin and Olga Mazurkiewicz (Queen City Films / ZCollective) were tapped to direct, film and produce the performance video BangBang under the executive production of Alexandra Gatje from Manovill Records. The video stars Cecilia Villar Eljuri on vocals and guitar, Alex Alexander on drums and Johnny Pisano on bass.
Witnessing the chaos and brutality inflicted on citizens across the globe motivated Eljuri to write this anti-gun violence song. From the riots in Ferguson to the mass shootings in Paris and countless cases of police brutality, Eljuri bears witness and asks how many more souls must be offered up to this indignity. She raises her voice in protest while wielding her strongest weapon, the guitar. The lilting rhythm of reggae in BangBang merges with bursts of ska showing off Eljuri‘s guitar prowess, accompanied by classic Jamaican bass and percussive styling by Tracy Wormworth and Alex Alexander.
Born in Ecuador, raised in NYC, Eljuri is touted as one of the top Latina guitarists in the world and has been a member of the Gibson family of guitarists since 2008. Eljuri navigates through musical landscapes ranging from rock, funk, bolero, reggae, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, all presented with an elegant and empowered female voice. She tours internationally as a power trio, performing her infectious grooves, spreading her uplifting message, and affecting positive social change.
Eljuri Live Concert Benefiting the NYCLU on September 20 at DROM NYC (85 Avenue A, East Village, NYC) for the New York Civil Liberties Union whose work includes providing support and legal advice to immigrants. Eljuri is honored to donate 100% of her proceeds from this concert to the NYCLU. Tickets:
Eljuri will also perform live at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic on The Brooklyn Commons Stage (388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) on Sunday September 24th. Two sets from 3:30 to 5:30pm.
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Written by Marlena Fitzpatrick


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