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    Watch: Devendra Banhart Shares "Abre Las Manos" from Forthcoming Album, "Ma"
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    Devendra Banhart has released the second song from his forthcoming album, Ma: "Abre Las Manos," which translates to "Open Your Hands." The album will be released on September 13 on Nonesuch Records. Like many of the songs on Ma, "Abre Las Manos," which is sung in Spanish (lyrics and English translation below), was inspired by Banhart's relationship with his motherland, Venezuela. Today's release is accompanied by this slideshow of amateur photographs taken from Flickr of Caracas and El Avila National Park in Venezuela that were licensed through Creative Commons:

    "My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I'm feeling, it's on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela," Banhart says. "There's this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

    For his autumn tour in support of Ma, he's partnering with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold in the US will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize-nominated chef José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. WCK is currently responding to the crisis on the Colombia-Venezuelan border and has served more than 350,000 meals to date. For details on his tour, his first of North America since 2017, see below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Ma, full of tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. The first song from the new album was unveiled last month. "Kantori Ongaku" ("Country Music") was accompanied by a surrealist video by Giraffe Studios. Ma is available to pre-order here. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include instant downloads of "Kantori Ongaku" and "Abre Las Manos," plus an exclusive, limited-edition print, created and signed by Banhart. Ed: The limited-edition autographed print included with initial pre-orders is no longer available.

    DEVENDRA BANHART ON TOUR

    Sep 27 Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA
    Oct 15 The Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
    Oct 16 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
    Oct 18 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
    Oct 19 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
    Oct 20 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
    Oct 22 The UC Theatre Berkeley, CA
    Oct 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
    Oct 25 The Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
    Oct 26 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
    Oct 27 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
    Oct 30 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
    Nov 1 The Slowdown Omaha, NE
    Nov 2 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 3 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
    Nov 5 The Hi Tone Memphis, TN
    Nov 7 Levitation Festival Austin, TX
    Nov 23 Tecate Bajío Festival León, Guanajuato, MEXICO
    Nov 30 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
    Dec 1 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
    Dec 3 The Olympia Montreal, QC
    Dec 4 The Wilbur Boston, MA
    Dec 5 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
    Dec 7 9:30 Club Washington, DC
    Dec 8 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
         

     

    Abre Las Manos

    Abre las alas el mundo te espera
    Una sorpresa que dios te guarda

    Abre las manos el cielo te guarda
    Un regalito que es solo pa ti

    El verde de tu pelo
    Y el azul de tu piel
    El amor es un espejo
    Donde nadie se ve

    Cierra tus ojos y mira tu alma
    Una hojita en el árbol de amor

    Abre los ojos mira quien te ama
    Una rama rama rama rama

    Tu dios es me diosa
    No puede ser different

    Mi diosa es tu dios
    No le pares a la gente

    Mira el abasto cubrido de sangre
    Te estaba buscando pero no hay nadie

    Mira el museo fue destrozado
    Por gente que nunca
    Habia entrado

    Mira la fila veinte mil horas
    Ahi esta mi tia esperando su pan

    Que porcentaje de gente con hambre
    Es necessario para que algo cambie

    Ayer mi vecina fue secuestrada
    Quería contarte pero eso no es nada

    Abre las manos el mundo te espera
    Un regalito que es solo pa ti

    Es solo pa ti
    Es solo pa ti
    Es solo pa ti

    Open Your Hands

    Open your wings the world awaits you
    a surprise that God keeps you

    Open your hands the sky keeps you
    A gift that is only for you

    The green of your hair
    And the blue of your skin
    Love is a mirror
    Where nobody sees

    Look at your eyes and look at your soul
    A little leaf in the love tree

    Open your eyes see who loves you
    A branch branch branch branch

    Your god is goddess
    It cannot be different

    My goddess is your god
    Do not stop people

    Look at the supply covered with blood
    I was looking for you but there is nobody

    Look at the museum was destroyed
    For people who never
    I had entered

    Look at the line, a thousand hours
    There is my aunt waiting for her bread

    What percentage of people gone hungry
    Is necessary for something to change

    Yesterday my neighbor was kidnapped
    I wanted to tell you but that's nothing

    Open your hands the world awaits you
    A gift that is only for you

    It's just for you
    It's just for you
    It's just for you

     

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Watch: Devendra Banhart Shares "Abre Las Manos" from Forthcoming Album, "Ma"

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Devendra Banhart has shared a new song from his forthcoming album, Ma: "Abre Las Manos," which translates to "Open Your Hands." The song, sung in Spanish, was inspired by Banhart's relationship with his motherland, Venezuela, and was released along with a slideshow of amateur Flickr photos of Caracas and El Avila National Park in Venezuela, which you can watch here.

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Devendra Banhart has released the second song from his forthcoming album, Ma: "Abre Las Manos," which translates to "Open Your Hands." The album will be released on September 13 on Nonesuch Records. Like many of the songs on Ma, "Abre Las Manos," which is sung in Spanish (lyrics and English translation below), was inspired by Banhart's relationship with his motherland, Venezuela. Today's release is accompanied by this slideshow of amateur photographs taken from Flickr of Caracas and El Avila National Park in Venezuela that were licensed through Creative Commons:

"My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I'm feeling, it's on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela," Banhart says. "There's this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

For his autumn tour in support of Ma, he's partnering with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold in the US will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize-nominated chef José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. WCK is currently responding to the crisis on the Colombia-Venezuelan border and has served more than 350,000 meals to date. For details on his tour, his first of North America since 2017, see below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Ma, full of tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. The first song from the new album was unveiled last month. "Kantori Ongaku" ("Country Music") was accompanied by a surrealist video by Giraffe Studios. Ma is available to pre-order here. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include instant downloads of "Kantori Ongaku" and "Abre Las Manos," plus an exclusive, limited-edition print, created and signed by Banhart. Ed: The limited-edition autographed print included with initial pre-orders is no longer available.

DEVENDRA BANHART ON TOUR

Sep 27 Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA
Oct 15 The Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
Oct 16 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Oct 18 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 19 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 20 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Oct 22 The UC Theatre Berkeley, CA
Oct 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
Oct 25 The Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
Oct 26 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
Oct 27 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Oct 30 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Nov 1 The Slowdown Omaha, NE
Nov 2 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
Nov 3 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
Nov 5 The Hi Tone Memphis, TN
Nov 7 Levitation Festival Austin, TX
Nov 23 Tecate Bajío Festival León, Guanajuato, MEXICO
Nov 30 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
Dec 1 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
Dec 3 The Olympia Montreal, QC
Dec 4 The Wilbur Boston, MA
Dec 5 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
Dec 7 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Dec 8 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
     

 

Abre Las Manos

Abre las alas el mundo te espera
Una sorpresa que dios te guarda

Abre las manos el cielo te guarda
Un regalito que es solo pa ti

El verde de tu pelo
Y el azul de tu piel
El amor es un espejo
Donde nadie se ve

Cierra tus ojos y mira tu alma
Una hojita en el árbol de amor

Abre los ojos mira quien te ama
Una rama rama rama rama

Tu dios es me diosa
No puede ser different

Mi diosa es tu dios
No le pares a la gente

Mira el abasto cubrido de sangre
Te estaba buscando pero no hay nadie

Mira el museo fue destrozado
Por gente que nunca
Habia entrado

Mira la fila veinte mil horas
Ahi esta mi tia esperando su pan

Que porcentaje de gente con hambre
Es necessario para que algo cambie

Ayer mi vecina fue secuestrada
Quería contarte pero eso no es nada

Abre las manos el mundo te espera
Un regalito que es solo pa ti

Es solo pa ti
Es solo pa ti
Es solo pa ti

Open Your Hands

Open your wings the world awaits you
a surprise that God keeps you

Open your hands the sky keeps you
A gift that is only for you

The green of your hair
And the blue of your skin
Love is a mirror
Where nobody sees

Look at your eyes and look at your soul
A little leaf in the love tree

Open your eyes see who loves you
A branch branch branch branch

Your god is goddess
It cannot be different

My goddess is your god
Do not stop people

Look at the supply covered with blood
I was looking for you but there is nobody

Look at the museum was destroyed
For people who never
I had entered

Look at the line, a thousand hours
There is my aunt waiting for her bread

What percentage of people gone hungry
Is necessary for something to change

Yesterday my neighbor was kidnapped
I wanted to tell you but that's nothing

Open your hands the world awaits you
A gift that is only for you

It's just for you
It's just for you
It's just for you

 

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