Labán - 'Dueños de Aqui'
Review Written by Danile Hoyt & Staff
'Dueños de Aqui' by Labán is featured on BWH Music Group’s new release, ‘On Peace Street, Vol. One.’ The compilation album is a collection of 19 original songs in various genres by today's best independent artists and songwriters. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, the artist's songs will ultimately remind you of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Filled with meaningful lyrics and exceptional music, this playlist is an example of how music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society.
“Dueños de Aqui” is a Spanish soft rock/pop song that infuses many elements from other genres as well. The song opens with just drums, which leads into the soft guitar that is almost acting as a percussion itself. It’s an element of funk music that is brought in and used just subtly enough where it remains a soft rock tune at heart with elements of funk within.
Labán has a tone that can stand toe-toe-to with of other radio artists like Enrique Iglesias; however, he differs in both content and tone making his performance unique. His tone is smooth, laid-back, and reflective. The song has a nice groove throughout and there are a few background gems that engage the ear. A keyboard enters in the song that is very subtle in sound; it adds a a nice flavor to the tune. As the song ends, the bass and the guitar rhythm remain in sync, while a soft guitar solo can be heard coming through.
The song is inspired by the current political and social environment in Mexico, and acts as a Protest song against corruption, impunity, extreme income inequality and violence within the nation. This writer is not a native Spanish speaker; however, loose translation of some of the lines are, “Somebody stop this endless scam” and, “money comes and goes.” Dueños de Aqui' is an anthem calling out for the people to rebuild their nation and take down the oppressors that are holding them back.
Labán is a talented songwriter, and provides a message to his people that is socially aware and creative at the same time. This song speaks against oppression, and it’s a song that everyone can stand by and use as an anthem to overpower the oppressors. Labán is one of those rare artists who can cross cultural boundaries and open hearts with his music.
Labán is a Mexican singer-songwriter who is based out of Tijuana in Mexico City. Labán credits his upbringing for his passion for humanism and social entrepreneurship; his parents, both social activists and a graphic artist, instilled a sense of social responsibility early on. From the age of 3, Labán showed a great interest in music and began studying the violin. Today, he is a songwriter, musician and producer.
Labán's first album Todos Somos Dueños de Aquí is soon to be released. The principle of respect for human life is part of the album’s concept and a central idea and each song is associated with a vital part of the human body. The function of each part is related to the song’s intention. Jazz, Pop, RnB, Funk and Rock are the vibes on this album. The lyrical content goes from protest against corruption, impunity, extreme income inequality and violence to frustration and existential crisis to love relationships and friendship. Four singles are out, Dueños de Aquí, Quién da Más, Para ti and Acércate.
For more information, please visit Labán's website.