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Elia y Elizabeth - La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth (2014)

3-06-2015, 16:27
Music | Soul | Funk | Latin | Pop | FLAC / APE

Elia y Elizabeth - La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth (2014)

Artist: Elia y Elizabeth
Title Of Album: La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Vampisoul
Genre: Pop, Soul, Funk
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 42:47 min
Total Size: 293 MB


01. Alegría
02. Descripción
03. Soy Una Nube
04. Se Oculta El Sol, Muere Una Flor
05. Fue Una Lágrima
06. Pesadilla
07. Libre
08. La Gran Ciudad
09. Mis 32 Dientes
10. Todo En La Vida
11. Ponte Bajo El Sol
12. Hay Que Vivir La Vida
13. Cae La Lluvia
14. ¿En Dónde Está?
15. Buscándonos
16. En Los Días En Que Era Demasiado Joven

The recordings that the sisters Elia and Elizabeth Fleta made, hand in hand with music arranger Jimmy Salcedo in the early seventies in their native Colombia, remained hidden like lost pearls in the undervalued musical pop history of Latin America until today. Their concise and natural mix of styles sways between soft-pop with a touch of tropical-pastoral funk, singer-songwriter sweetened by the subtle perfume of Caribbean music and the psychedelia of a world in the midst of discovering all the possibilities offered by the recording studio. These elements blended graciously and fortuitously, brimming with freshness, in a perfect partnership of sharp melodies with lyrics inspired by a genuine juvenile curiosity about life's mysteries, love and nature in their simplest forms.

Elia and Elizabeth Fleta Mallol were born in Bogotá by chance. Their parents were both from Spain but met and got married in Barranquila, and soon after moved to Bogotá. Their father, Miguel Fleta, was the son of the renowned tenor of the same name. Given the family's musical history, the sisters were fully supported and motivated by their parents, who bought them acoustic guitars and encouraged them to take lessons. Mr Fleta's work would take them to Cali, back to Barranquilla, Lima and finally Madrid and Barcelona in 1971. In Spain, Elia y Elizabeth were invited to a televised homage for their famous grandfather and were heard by composer and musical arranger Juan Carlos Calderón, who had previously worked with their aunts, the popular duo of sisters Elia and Paloma Fleta. Immediately, he invited them to record under his direction two songs in the studio of the Zafiro label from Barcelona. The chosen songs were 'Cae la lluvia' and 'Fue una lágrima', two of Elia's compositions. Both songs were released on a 45rpm single, although it lacked any kind of promotion given that, yet again, the Fleta family was about to move back to Colombia.

Back in Barranquilla, after performing at a charity event with their friends from the Bakarett Blues Band, the sisters were heard by Graciela Arango de Tobón, a wealthy lady and composer who recommended them to Álvaro Arango. The latter was the musical director of Codiscos, subsidiary of Zeida, a label with headquarters in Medellín which was looking for a female duo with the characteristics of the Fleta sisters. After hearing them sing over the phone, Mr Álvaro traveled to Barranquilla the next day, where he formalized his intention to record the duo. Soon after Elia and Elizabeth were in the studios of Codiscos in Medellín. Humberto Moreno, head producer, entrusted the musical arrangements and direction to the pianist Jimmy Salcedo, a Mompox native. A talented and charismatic musician from the bohemian and jazz scene in Bogotá, Salcedo was a former member of The Be-Bops who had become a TV interviewer and started his own band, La Onda Tres.

The support of Jimmy Salcedo and his band contributed to the Fleta duo becoming regulars in the local media. During their meteoric career, the sisters were the winners of the Coco Festival in Barranquilla, the recipients of the Príncipe de Oro - an award given by the eponymous radio station - and were nominated for the Onda Award as the best new band of 1972. A second LP appeared the following year and the TV shows continued weekly, leaving Elia less and less time to devote to her studies, which she was most interested in. She decided to talk to her family and explain to them her desire to stop her television performances and instead completely devote herself to her university education in music pedagogy. Elizabeth, meanwhile, understood and accepted her sister's decision and also quit the world of entertainment.

Jimmy Salcedo, after a productive career with several records released for Codiscos and Philips, became a renowned TV star in Bogotá with his famous musical comedy show El Show de Jimmy along with his inseparable gang, the Recochan Boys. Death surprised him prematurely in his apartment in Bogota on October 27th, 1992, due to complications from his prolonged diabetes.

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