NEW YORK (EFE) .- Jorge Drexler, who started his US tour yesterday in New York to present the album “Tinta y tiempo”, feels “very excited, grateful and surprised” by the nine nominations he has received for the Latin American awards. Grammys.
Bryant Park, where the interview takes place, is packed with tourists and locals who stroll between the stalls of the Christmas market that has already opened its doors and the traditional ice skating rink. At a table, the Uruguayan singer, who won three Latin Grammys in 2020 and another two last year, insists on expressing his surprise at opting for such a number of awards, whose gala will be held next Thursday the 17th in Las Vegas.
“The awards thing is a really very surprising thing. It is not a display of false modesty, but my project is a project with much less diffusion than the colleagues who have that number of nominations, ”says Drexler.
The nominations for the American Latin music awards are headed by Bud Bunny with ten, Rosalía, Drexler, Camilo and Rauw Alejando.
Drexler covers himself from the cold with an Ecuadorian ruana while he talks about his most recent record production, “Tinta y tiempo”, a work that has earned him nominations and that he will present for the first time to the public in New York, Washington and Boston, and also in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In her new work she sings “to filial, maternal love, to erotic love, to partner love, to the invention of biological love; love from different angles that are not usually portrayed”, says the Uruguayan.
Between sips of coffee, with his leather briefcase sitting on the chair next to him and an old model of an electronic book, Drexler explains: “We are very used to romantic love in its two versions, in the birth of love and death. of love, the two extremes”.
“But I’m very curious to know what happens in the middle.”
“Speaking of love as a driving force, as a dynamo of life changes and diversity. Talking about love from its most abstract definition when 1,600 million years ago two cells, for the first time, two cells that until then had each reproduced on their own, come together to create an individual that is a mixture of both”, says the artist in reference to the song “Master Plan”.
An album produced during the pandemic and that the singer decided to dedicate not to “one of the most remarkable events of our lives”, but “to the things that one learns to revalue in a situation as dramatic as a pandemic, such as affective relationships, family, love, the things you hold on to when you’re down.”
Despite picking up in his songs issues such as immigration, criticism of oppression, or showing both love between couples of the opposite sex and the same, Drexler says he does not believe in vindication, complaint or protest.
“I find it more interesting to tell in the first person what happens to one and generate identification, than to show disagreement (…). What I believe is that you have to be true to yourself and have a realistic view of the world we live in,” he says.
In “Tinta y tiempo” he dedicates a song to the algorithm, which he performs with the Israeli Noga Erez and whose chorus reads “Who wants me to want what I think I want?”. In a clear direct reference to the role of the algorithms of internet platforms.
But for Drexler “the algorithm is nothing more than another predetermination, it is not even more powerful than religion. Religion predetermined us for a long time to do many things and all our lives we have found a way to cheat that and react creatively. New solutions to new situations”.
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Jorge Drexler is nominated for nine Latin Grammys