This year, Duo Darias—which comprises Cuban performers Mario Darias Mérida and Ana Irma Ruz—released a new CD entitled De un pájaro las dos alas [Two Wings of a Single Bird], a well-known verse by Puerto Rican poet and patriot Lola Rodríguez de Tió (who wrote the 1868 revolutionary version of the national anthem “La Boriqueña”), referring to Cuba and Puerto Rico’s shared history and kinship. The CD combines Daria’s guitar virtuosity with Ruz’s melodious voice to revive Rodríguez de Tió’s poetry through music. With the collaboration of singer Danny Rivera, the duo was able to produce the album with Puerto Rican company, Dissar Record.
The duo has been on tour in Puerto Rico these past few weeks, presenting the album. They performed in San Germán (Teatro Sol) on October 28, in Cabo Rojo (Plaza) on October 29, and tonight, November 4, in Salinas (at Piratas del Toro Al Diente).
Duo Darias, founded in 2002, aims to spread the poetry of Cuban, the Caribbean, and Latin America by setting it to music. According to Darias, De un pájaro las dos alas took five years of hard work to complete—a labor of love.
[Many thanks to Carlos A. Laster Jr. for bringing this item to our attention.]