DC’S ELENA & LOS FULANOS RELEASE NEW BILINGUAL ALBUM, VOLCÁN 

Friday, October 20, 2017 

WASHINGTON – Latin bilingual folk-rock band, Elena & Los Fulanos today released their second bilingual album, Volcán, out of Washington, DC.  The album mixes traditional folkloric sounds from Nicaragua and Latin America along with violin-infused rock ballads to explore the search for artistic meaning, love and unity in a city better known for its politics. 


Over 12 tracks (six songs in Spanish and five in English with an interlude centered around protest and resistance,) the album offers melancholic yet hopeful glimpses into the immigrant and human experience under these political times. Elena Lacayo, lead singer-songwriter for the group, left immigration politics in DC to instead try to unite people through music. 

“People don’t realize the power of music to bring us together. If you stand next to each other and sing a song together, you become one. There’s power in that,” said Lacayo, who can often be found with her guitar supporting rallies in the District. “This album seeks to change hearts not through argument, but through a meaningful exploration of personal identity and cultural exchange.” 

The album is available on Itunes, BandCamp, and the band’s website. Some of the songs on Volcán include: 

  • “Ponle Fin,” which marks the first single off the band’s new album. To view the Ponle Fin video click here. Mostly in Spanish, it features an English interlude by Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, who is born and raised in Washington, DC. The video was filmed on the streets of Washington DC, and follows band members as, fed up with racist, homophobic and anti-immigrant views, they exit their homes and are joined by others on the street to march and give voice to a movement of resistance. 
  • “Tributo a Dario,” a rich, colorful homage to Nicaraguan poet and national hero Rubén Darío, using his poem “Del Trópico” to describe a vibrant Nicaraguan village on a glorious morning. Written in a uniquely Nicaraguan style called Son nica, the song also showcases the quintessential Nicaraguan instrument, the marimba de arco. 
  • “Oceans,” which approaches DC streets very personally. A love ballad, it describes how streets once explored with a lover are now empty, the pain making it feel like the streets are oceans keeping them apart. 
  • “Veneer,” a jazz-inspired indie rock song that explores the changing nature of one’s inner world, and explores the effects of mental illness. 

Elena & Los Fulanos is a Latin bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been crossing genres to create music that ranges from folkloric music in Spanish and Latin rock, to violin-infused soothing and introspective heartbreak rock and folk Americana. Influenced by frontwoman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), their music seeks to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multicultural world. 

Their debut album, Miel Venenosa, earned a Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nomination for Best Latin Recording in 2014. For more information, visit www.elenalosfulanos.com. Follow Elena & Los Fulanos on Facebook, sign up for the email list, or tweet @elenaMusical

ELENA & LOS FULANOS RELEASES NEW BILINGUAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “PONLE FIN,” A STORY OF RESISTANCE FILMED ON THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON, DC

“Ponle Fin” by DC’s Elena & Los Fulanos is band’s first single off new album coming soon

September 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – Latin bilingual folk-rock band, Elena & Los Fulanos today released the music video for “Ponle Fin,” a story of resistance filmed on the streets of Washington, DC. The video follows band members as, fed up with racist, homophobic and anti-immigrant views, they exit their homes and are joined on the street by others to rally and together give voice to a spirit of resistance and inclusiveness. Ponle Fin” represents a song about opposing and putting an end to injustice and intolerance, but also a show of unity.

                            

“We wanted to express what a lot of people are feeling when they go out on the street and protest, and to do it in a musical way that bonds us, and offers hope,” said Elena Lacayo, lead singer-songwriter for the group. “It’s a call and response song for today, when we need to come together. My hope was not only to show what we are saying no to, but also to show the world we want to protect and affirm, where diversity and acceptance is valued. That's what the whole dance scene is about.”

 

To view the Ponle Fin video click here. The video is bilingual. Mostly in Spanish, it features an English interlude by Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, who is born and raised in Washington, DC. The director is Ellie Walton, who has produced numerous other social justice videos including Elena & Los Fulanos’ first video, “Amor Migrante.”

 

The video release of “Ponle Fin” marks the first single off the band’s new album, Volcán, set to be released October 20, 2017.

 

 Elena & Los Fulanos is a Latin bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been crossing genres to create music that ranges from folkloric music in Spanish and Latin rock, to violin-infused soothing and introspective heartbreak rock and folk Americana. Influenced by frontwoman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), their music seeks to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multicultural world.

 

Their debut album, Miel Venenosa, earned a Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nomination for Best Latin Recording in 2014. For more information, visit www.elenalosfulanos.com. Follow Elena & Los Fulanos on Facebook, sign up for the email list, or tweet @elenaMusical

 

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