Latina nu jazz artist Malena Pérez will release her sultry debut album, “STARS,” on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Released on Cubanita Groove Records (Pérez’s own record label), the album features collaborations with producers Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez (Masters at Work), Alix Alvarez (SOLE Channel Music), Carlos Nino & The Life Force Trio (Build an Ark, Ammoncontact) and Michael Johnson (KetchaVibe/Murani Innertainment).
With the help of this renowned production team, Pérez has written and produced a remarkable debut of original material that blends downtempo, progressive jazz accompanied by Latin and Brazilian inspired rhythms to compliment her angelic vocal performance, leaving the listener breathless. Reminiscent of Amel Larrieux, Everything But The Girl as well as Cuba's Omara Portuondo and Brazil's queen of Brazilian jazz, Flora Purim, Malena's lyrics and vocals are delivered in both English and Spanish, flowing between the two languages as a nod to her Cuban heritage and the ultimate _expression of a fusion of cultures.
“STARS” will be available internationally in Virgin Megastores and in independent and import record stores worldwide. Online availability will include select web stores and download sites, including groovedis.com, dustygroove.com, traxsource.com as well as thru cubanitagroove.com.
In addition, for DJ's and vinyl collectors alike, three 12” vinyl singles from “STARS” - “Chase the Butterflies: The Kenny Dope Remixes”, “Praise the Day” (Pérez/Osunlade) and "Confesion" (Pérez/Alix Alvarez) - will be released on Cubanita Groove in conjunction with the release of "STARS." The first single, "Chase the Butterflies: The Kenny Dope Remixes" hit independent & vinyl record store shelves on April 25 and is also available for purchase and download at the above mentioned online stores.
Tour dates in support of the release of “STARS” will be announced shortly.
Malena Pérez founded Cubanita Groove Records in 2004 with the mission of promoting world-class art and music created by women of color. "STARS" marks the label’s first full-length, international release.