La Vida Boheme Teases Upcoming New Album “La Lucha”

La Vida Boheme is ending its trilogy with a fight

Using one of the most important words in the Spanish language, lucha, in their latest album title, the Venezuelan alternative independent band’s stirring new album completes a courageous trilogy that began with the attention-grabbing Nuestra and continued with the somber-toned Será.

La Vida Boheme

After documenting the increasing opaqueness of the their lives in Venezuela on Será, the members of La Vida Boheme moved to Mexico, where they were joined by Calle 13 founder turned producer Eduardo Cabra in the studio.

The record opens with a spoken word intro by former Uruguayan president and “less is more” icon José Mujica.

“¿Te molesta si canto?” lead singer and songwriter Henry D’Arthenay repeats on the first song, “Voce”, parting the curtain on an album that echoes eighties punk and new wave and at the same time updates the sound of the folklore-rooted Latin American protest song movement.

La Lucha will be released on Friday, March 24 via Nacional Records.

La Lucha track list

La Lucha
El Milagro del Sur
Pupitres en Fuego
La Luna y el Sol
Mi Mar Mi Nada
Los Heridos
No Contaba Con Eso
La Purga
La Respuesta

Mujica the Subject of Upcoming Documentary Film

He’s been called “the world’s ‘poorest’ president”… But Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica apparently has a wealth of Hollywood appeal.

The 78-year-old Uruguayan politician will be the subject of a documentary from Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica.

José “Pepe” Mujica

The film will begin shooting next December, during Mujica’s scheduled visit to the United States.

According to Uruguayan weekly Busqueda, the idea came from Mujica’s staff, which contacted the director of Underground 18 months ago.

Last week, Kusturica played a concert in Belgium with his No Smoking Orchestra, and confirmed his involvement as the project’s director and scriptwriter. Kusturica played that gig wearing the Uruguayan soccer team t-shirt.

The film, which will kick-off principal photography when Mujica meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in December, will be produced with Uruguayan, Argentine, and Brazilian capital. Argentine production company K&S Films is reportedly researching archive footage.

A former left-wing guerrilla fighter, Mujica was a political prisoner during the 1970s. He managed to escape prison in 1971 together with other Tupamaros leaders but was shot six times and recaptured by police. He served another 14 years and was released in 1985 when democracy was restored in the country.

Since he was elected the country’s 40th president in 2010, Mujica has made headlines worldwide due to Uruguay’s recent groundbreaking liberal policies (laws legalizing gay marriage, abortion, and marijuana were passed by Congress) and his extremely humble and discreet style, which has won him the depiction of being “the world’s poorest President.”

Mujica donates around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities to benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs, according to BBC News Magazine.