Sailing the Sea Without Touching Water


Sailing the Sea Without Touching Water

With nothing but their instruments and voices among a background of water, sand and trees, the bare imagery in this acoustic session by the Caribbean Colombian band Mulato Bantú only heightens its stirring quality.

The passion in the voices, the lead singer’s total immersion in the delivery of the poetic lyrics, the way the camera gracefully goes in and out of focus at certain points, the expertly chosen close-ups, the way the sun paints the atmosphere gold, and the exotic sensitivity of the melody all come together to produce a video that keeps you coming back again and again.

The song itself is a metaphorical call for exploration of heritage; “Solo quiero navegar mar adentro, para encontrar las islas de mis ancestros/ I simply want to navigate the sea inside me, to find the islands of my ancestors.” But the sounds of the voices and instruments are so engrossing that you don’t even have to understand the language to be enchanted.

Gerson Eleonora (1987) has a passion for writing, whether it be short stories, poems or the biographies, reviews and music articles displayed here on the site. He is an aficionado of everything Caribbean, it’s almost as if salt water runs through his veins.
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