Luciana Jury was one of the day case acts at WOMEX 2017, and she started her solo show off-mic, entering from the audience area and walking and singing to the stage. This was the start of a series of extremely emotional songs, wherein Ms. Jury used her vocal flexibility to make each song a small theater piece. This kind of dramatization is not for everyone, but when Ms. Jury sang “Lola” I knew right away this was the one I wanted to post. Not just because it is good song –which it is—but because it is a technical powerhouse AND a remarkable re-interpretation of an 80’s pop hit. Some background from Luciana regarding her relationship with the song:
“Lola” (G. Boncopagni, P. Ormi, L.G. Escolar) was a song made popular by the Italian singer Raffaella Carrà, an icon for youth throughout Europe and Latin America in the 80s. During my childhood I would watch Raffaella on TV, fascinated by her, and following her dance steps. Today I reinterpret the original tango-pop “Lola” with a rock-like touch. I usually dedicate this song to my daughter Mora, telling her, like the song says “If you dance, you will never feel alone” (“si bailas no estás sola”).
Luciana Jury is possessed of a remarkable instrument, and I think watching and listening to her is a learning experience for any singer. In this tango milonga she goes from a playful whisper to a throaty holler and back again, never seeming to run out of air no matter how long the phrase. There is no tension whatever in her appearance—it is pure mastery.
To truly appreciate the metamorphosis of the song, here is the pop version:
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