With their second album, este mundo, Rupa and the April Fishes portray life’s accidental beauty and human suffering through a entirely unique melting pot of gypsy swing, Colombia cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas. The CD is packaged in a matte-finish digipak complete with a 32-page booklet including stunning exclusive photos and English translations.
the words of persian poet hafez inspired this tune:
did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world
it felt the encouragement of light
against its being,
we all remain
this song is a declaration of who i have become through accepting my path in medicine and music, who i have realized myself to be. it is a recognition that i don't have a choice, that life pushes me from the inside to go out and do what i do. it's a relinquishing of control of who i think i should be and just being who i am. the song has the drunken quality that the sufi mystics equate with god and music--intoxication. it is a bursting out, an opening, at first timid and then full force. it starts intimately, as if you're hearing a secret. and then the band bursts in as if we had all been kidnapped by a ragtag group of crazy misfits who seize life by the collar, shake it up and say YES!