Song: Con Toda Palabra
Artist: Lhasa De Sela
Born in America, raised in Mexico and splitting her adult life between Canada and France, Lhasa sung in Spanish, French and English; her sensitive, sensuous music is a subtle hybrid of jazz, gypsy and latin music (although her comparatively stark third and final album is another breed altogether). She was a charismatic and mesmerizing live performer who surrounded herself with top-shelf musicians in her quest to express her soul via unique, deeply personal music. Seeing this wonderfully present musician in a live setting several years ago, I came away with the distinct sense that her life's work is rooted in a rich tapestry of gloriously meshed histories - a tapestry she passionately revered. She was a deeply personal, intensely intimate artist.
Lhasa died on New Year’s Day in 2010, at age 38. One senses that had it not been for the cancer that took her, she would have had so much more yet to offer. The trance-like, steadily building Con Toda Palabra, an earthy meditation on an all-consuming love, is from her second album, 2003’s The Living Road (very much worth investigating, as are her two other albums). It’s a song with haunting gravitas; watch the official release video below.
Posted by Max MacDonald