La Ley, Molotov, Los Rabanes and Beto Cuevas were in charge of carrying out this tribute
Cerati passed away on September 4, 2014.
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Six years after the death of the leader of the legendary Argentine band soda Stereo, Gustavo Cerati, the members of The Law, Molotov and the Rabanes They launched this Friday a new version in ska of the iconic “Of light music”, a song that marked them in their life and career.
“The idea was to give a gift to the public in these days complicated by the pandemic and what better than a classic than it has transcended generations and what it means to so many people “said Panamanian singer-songwriter Emilio Regueira, who had the idea to honor the Argentine group with his ska band Los Rabanes.
“Ska is the genre that bridges the gap between rock and urban music that is in fashion now,” added Regueira, who also summoned the Chilean artist Beto Cuevas to star in the vocal part and Randy Ebright, drummer of the Mexican group Molotov, to accompany him.
“After Gustavo Cerati, Beto has the most iconic voice in the Spanish rock movement and it was a great joy when he said yes. The result was everything we dreamed of and more ”, he stressed.
Regueira was not the only one who was full of praise, because Cuevas was “very excited about the idea of participating in this version of ‘De música light'”.
“It is a song that marked me and that I know that it is part of the lives of many people ”, said.
Precisely, during the video call both artists shared anecdotes, reflections on the future of rock in Spanish and your concerns about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the entertainment industry, in addition to expressing his “admiration” for Soda and Cerati.
The latter died on September 4, 2014, after spending four years in a coma as a result of a cardiovascular accident.
“Among all we are looking for a way to keep celebrating rock in Spanish and maintain the connection with the public and take it beyond digital concerts, which are good but not the same, “said Regueira, who a week ago starred with Los Rabanes and other Latin artists in a broadcast to celebrate 25 years of his band.
The past made present
This modernized version of “Of light music” was born from the same seed that inspired the Panamanian band to launch their interpretation of “Guantanamera” at the beginning of his quarantine and “Yo solo quiero” by Roberto Carlos in June, in collaboration with Los Pericos de Argentina.
“The goal is to accompany people and more with songs like these, which are like getting into a time machine,” explained Regueira.
It was the same thing that happened to Cuevas when he received the music to include his voice: “I remembered the first time I heard ‘De music light’. We were starting with La Ley and we were struck by the sophisticated sound that Soda had achieved, not only with that song, but with the entire album ‘Canción animal’ “, said the artist
“We were stung by the spirit of competition. Not in a bad way, but as it motivated us to improve and improve with the goal of one day doing something like this, ”he recalled.
The Rabanes were also germinating at that time and they were “shocked” the first time they saw the video of the song in MTV Latino.
“We were in our town – Chitré in Panama – and we saw them on one of those televisions that had to put aluminum foil on the antenna to capture the signal,” he recalled.
“We were ready to go and we were mesmerized to see them with their long hair and spinning on a turntable. But even more so, seeing a rock trio in Spanish like we were on MTV ”, he added, referring to Christian Torres and Javier Saavedra, his colleagues at Los Rabanes.