Today, Dominican musician and literary artist Rita Indiana has released her first new single after a nearly 7-year hiatus. The track is titled “El Castigador” (“The Punisher” in English), and is out now as a free download. The track is released alongside a jarring official music video visually showcasing the song’s themes of resistance, strength, and resilience. The video is directed by Noelia Quintero. View HERE.
Rita Indiana was born in Santo Domingo, DR in 1977. She studied art history and fine arts, both careers she abandoned to focus on literature. She has published several novels including La Estrategia de Chochueca, PAPI, Nombres y Animales, and La Mucama de Omicunle?.
Her 2010 electro-merengue album El Juidero drew critical acclaim and support from the likes ofPitchfork, The FADER, Vice, and NPR. In 2011, Latin newspaper EL PAIS named her one of the’100 Most Influential Hispanics.’ Her musical and literary works explore and deconstruct ideas about the modern Caribbean identity, gender, class and race, through an aesthetic mix of 20th Century popular music and magical, religious rhythms from all Black Americas.
Rita Indiana will play her first show in nearly 7 years at Isle of Light Festival this Saturday, April 1st in Santo Domingo, DR — a monumental hometown live return for the renowned artist.
Listen to and watch “El Castigador” now at the links below and stay tuned for more to come from Rita Indiana in 2017.