One of the advantages of the COVID pandemic has been bringing us much closer, through digital, to our favorite artists. From Bad Bunny’s quarantine to interviews that would have been impossible in other circumstances, this new era has finally broken down the proverbial fourth wall and allowed us to establish a closer relationship with the music industry.
At BELatina, we had the opportunity to speak with Silvana Estrada, Mexican singer-songwriter, composer, and performer, about her career and her new album, “Marchita,” which finally saw the light of day this Friday, January 21.
In our weekly segment of Las Guerreras, Estrada talked about her beginnings, the liberating nature of music, and the surreal experience of becoming one of the most famous artists on the Latin American scene.
“In these 24 years, several things have happened,” Estrada told us, “but I think the most important thing has been the songs, which are always at the forefront of my life.”
Silvana Estrada was born in Veracruz, in southeastern Mexico, to musician and luthier parents. She grew up surrounded by music, both in listening and in education, until she ran across an instrument from further down the continent. That’s when her relationship with sound took a different direction.
“It wasn’t until I discovered the Venezuelan cuatro that I started making my own songs, and that’s when I realized that’s what I really wanted to do,” Estrada told us.
Between her 16 and 20 years, the process of individual construction and exploration of musical sensibility led the young musician to explore jazz, traditional Mexican music, and, eventually, the stage.
“When I started playing the cuatro, I realized that it vibrated differently,” Estrada explained about discovering a folkloric, four-stringed instrument that resembles a small guitar.
Estrada took the cuatro to her own universe and, together with her musical training, gave the world one of those surprises that the most cynical of us believe impossible: a new genre that brings back the melancholy of a Chavela Vargas, in the voice of a young woman who has conquered audiences.
With a mature and eloquent lyric, the only thing missing was an album that materialized her first experiences with heartbreak, a pandemic, and a new world to which she is just getting used to.
“Although from the outside it looks like a very quick process, from the inside it’s been ‘pebble by pebble,’ every day of my life [making music],” Estrada said. “Then life has made its very strange moves — almost always beautiful.”
Then, production began on an album now called “Marchita,” which is now available on all platforms.