ZorbaCensurando Amor
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Growing up in the electrifying urban cityscape of San Juan, Zorba has spent much of his life embracing the near-mythical cultural fervor of his native Puerto Rico. Likewise, thanks to the warm breezes that whisper along the coast, he has been equally influenced by the enchantment of a tropical paradise.

These two robust variables of life in PR—cosmopolitan vigor and a locale equally awash in innate beauty—have been milestones in the cultural development of the Performance Artist. Their ultimate convergence is here, on his Spanish-language debut album “Zorba,” an inspired fusion of rock and romance.

“I’m passionate about entertaining and producing artistry in any way I can,” he says. “Expression comes from the need to deeply connect with people, whether onstage, behind the microphone or from the words behind the delivery.”

As a teen-ager, Zorba left Puerto Rico, pursuing an academic course of studies in New York He attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hunter College and several professional workshops that led to discipline as a performer in more than a dozen plays. “What I love most about the theatre is that you are encouraged to be versatile and that has made me want to sing, act, write s_c_r_i_p_ts, direct, whatever is necessary to make magic happen”

It was chance meeting in New York in the mid-part of this decade that brought Zorba together with Ayhan Sahin, his Turkish collaborator/producer for the album. The pair laid a few tracks for a musical Zorba was producing, and agreed to work toward a full length project—which didn’t come to fruition until after the allure of the island called him home in 2005. “After a few years away from home, I suddenly had the urge to rekindle my relationship with my culture, friends and family. It was a profound connection that I couldn’t abandon” he says “When I moved back i was a bit worried about my career but eventually came to terms that I was an artist no matter where I lived”

In 2008, when Sahin visi

Writers: Lina Koutrakos, Spiros Exaras, Emre Yilmaz, Ayhan Sahin, Mitch Zorba

Olvida tu dolor/No me olvides amor/Ya no hay dolor/Te amo amor * ¿Que será de ti?/¿Que será de mi?/Te siento vulnerable/¿Que será de ti?/¿Que será de mi?/Hay que irnos para siempre * Nunca podrás descifrar tu encuentro historial/We’re islands face 2 face/Regresa a mi/Yo vivo por ti/Somos uno/Te amo

Song Comments

Itso's Earworms
I didn't know that they have flamenco music in Puerto Rico too. Thought they were more into reggaeton on that lovely island. :P Anyway, I love this song; and I love the addition of lyrics in other languages besides Spanish in it - Greek, Turkish and Russian - so unorthodox for a flamenco song, yet it works perfectly here... especially the Russian line "Ya tebya lyublyu" ("I love you"), sung by the lovely voice of another great artist, featured on this station of mine - the Georgian-Russian-American pearl Tinatin Japaridze. ;) Kudos to you, Mr Sahin (the producer) for finding such talented singer/songwriters, co-writing great music with them, and even bringing them together, to create this kind of magic :D

Music Monsters
Censoring Love. Senor Zorba! I surmise that many people think you are Greek, but I was told you are from beautiful Puerto Rico! Questions, Senor: Did you derive your inspiration from the Gipsy Kings, or was it them from you? If Il Divo recruits you to be their 5th member, would you accept? I will have MORE FLAMENCO when I add more songs! There are two things one must have more of: cowbell and Flamenco! I am now learning something new from my musical "bird-dog" buddy Itso from Bulgaria: The lovely female vocals here are from the beautiful Tinatin Japaridze of "Wild" fame which you just heard. Now I am loving to hear this romantic song more than 3x as much! (heart emoticon) Me encanta el Flamenco y Censurando Amor. No es extraño para mí que el español es una de las lenguas románicas!

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