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Maryjo Mattea’s All-Star Ensemble Appears For “The Last Time”

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Maryjo Mattea’s latest single “The Last Time/Jamás Te Olvidaré” features an all-star cast of contributors including JChris (Chris Urquiaga), who shares vocal duties with Maryjo, and Pablo Antón (Black Dog Prowl), who co-wrote this bilingual ballad inspired by bossa nova rhythms and instrumentation. This track was engineered and produced by Rogério Naressi (Color Palette), with whom Maryjo released “Help Me Understand / Mentiras no Olhar” in mid-September of this year.

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Zaii Valdes of Violet Silhouette Discusses Musical Heritage

Zaii Valdes of Violet Silhouette discusses new album and proud roots in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The sound of Violet Silhouette is unlike anything else you’re likely to hear. Their music blends rock and electronic with dance—with a great deal of mystery tossed in for good measure. But however it’s classified, their sound is rather unique.

Singer/guitarist/drummer Zaii Valdes is joined in the group by Dan Potvin and Justin Gianoutsos. The group’s latest EP, “FEVERBLUE,” drops October 20. In anticipation of the latest release, Valdes spoke with Alchemical Records about the new record and, in honor of his Cuban extraction, Hispanic Heritage Month—which kicks off September 15.
How did you first get involved in music?

Being of Cuban heritage, music and dance were very much a part of [my] cultural and familial experience. Not to mention, there was a spiritual aspect to it—trance states and such that could be achieved from rhythm and beat.

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