Sure, socially conscious artists are prevalent in Spanish-language music. But few acts have committed themselves so completely to fighting for the greater good than Aterciopelados, whose zeal for placing social and political causes right before the public's eye is legendary.
The band's most recent album, last year's Grammy-nominated Rio, is a prime example. The album and title track inspired by a river in their native Columbia that's seen better days, and the record loaded end to end with tracks meant not only to make a musical impact, but to educate, enlighten, and get the listener thinking about change, while managing not to overburden the quality of the tunes. Never mind their involvement in Amnesty International's "The Price of Silence," a song written and recorded in 2008 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, based on Atercio's "Cancion Protesta" and featuring a bevy of iartists from around the globe including, among others, Yerba Buena, Julieta Venegas, Stephen Marley and of course, Aterciopelados.
Thu., June 10, 8 p.m., 2010