Spirit of the Suffragettes with Taína Asili and Eljuri

Date(s) - Tuesday 08/20/2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Freedom Square

The Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival presents…


Performing in Freedom Square on August 20th, 2019, join us for the Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival and Community Resource Fair!

Taína Asili will be performing from 5:15PM to 6:15PM, and Eljuri will be performing from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.



taina-yellow-dressABOUT TAÍNA ASILI

Taína Asili is a New York based Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is an energetic fusion of powerful vocals laid over Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds. Residing in Albany, NY, Taína Asili performs her social justice songs as a solo artist, and also with her dynamic eight-piece band, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

During Taína Asili’s 20-year career of creating music for social change she has toured the country numerous times, toured Europe from Ireland to Germany, and has performed in Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Taína Asili has performed at many well-known festivals and venues, sharing the stage with renowned artists and activists such as Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Tom Morello, Paula Cole, Jello Biafra, and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars.

Taína is dedicated to using her art as a tool for personal and social transformation. The liberation themes in Taína’s writing are based in her activism in political prisoner liberation, prisoner justice, climate justice, and food justice movements. Taína has an MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, and in addition to her performance and activist work, she facilitates arts workshops for both youth and adults. In 2005, Taína was given the Transformation Award by the Leeway Foundation for her art and social change work. In 2010, the Fabulous Feminist: Creative Force Award was given to Taína by the Holding Our Own Foundation. In 2015, The Hispanic Coalition NY recognized her as one of their 40 under 40 Rising Stars. In 2016 she received the Jimmy Perry Progressive Leadership Award from Citizen Action NY, and in 2017 she was honored by the City of Albany’s Commission on Human Rights.


Born in Guayaquil Ecuador and raised in New York City, Cecilia Villar Eljuri is a compulsive genre-fuser writing songs that mirror the experiences of her life. Touted as one of the top Latina guitar players in the world, she blends the sounds and rhythms she heard from her mother’s piano, her father’s vinyl records, her siblings’ CDs and from the clubs she frequented on Manhattan’s lower east side.

eljuriFor over a decade, Eljuri has performed on world renowned stages; at Vive Latino, Mexico’s most celebrated music festival attended by more than 250,000 enthusiastic fans; the Luminato Festival where she made her 2015 Canadian debut; the Houston iFest where she shared the main stage bill with Los Lonely Boys, War and Steel Pulse; at Chicago’s famed Millenium Park where the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “Eljuri among the best bets, at the Viva Chicago Music Festival”; as featured international performer and guest of Doctor Krapula at the Viva el Planeta Festival in the Bogota Sports Stadium, Colombia; at the 2015 Mujeres Al Frente Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico where she headlined her first festival; in 2016 as headliner of the Prismatic Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia and as a leader of the Women’s Movement in 2017 for the Festival CDMX por los Derechos de las Mujeres held on the iconic stage in the main Zócalo of Mexico City, at the 2018 Women’s March on NYC and looks forward to her first performance at Musikfest 2019 in Bethlehem, PA.

eljuri-rockSelf described as a songwriter primarily, Eljuri found herself digging deeper than ever before into both her Spanish and Lebanese roots and into her experience as an immigrant to the US for the collection of songs on her third solo album, ‘La Lucha’ (Manovill Records 2016). Eljuri reaffirms her relevance in a constantly changing global music landscape.

Eljuri performs as a power trio; touring with stellar professional musicians, many of whom have played with her for five years or more. Cecilia Villar Eljuri leads on guitars and vocals; with Alex Alexander, drums (David Bowie, Youssou N’Dour, Eminem), Johnny Pisano, bass (Deborah Harry, Marky Ramone, Ryan Adams), Winston Roye, bass (Soul Asylum, Shakira, Lauren Hill), Tracy Wormworth, bass (B52s, Sting, Wayne Shorter), Coca Cortes, bass (Los De Abajo) and Javo Sosa, drums (Maldita Vecindad).





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Spirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians from the international to the local. Diverse local organizations will share access to information and tools to support women, who bear a heavy load caring for families against all odds.summer concert series and community resource fair based in North Troy at Freedom Square.

The century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.

The Spirit of the Suffragettes is an 8-week summer concert series and Women’s Resource Fair celebrating the history of radical historical activists through an updated and more racially/economically inclusive lens. We’re presenting female and gender non-conforming musicians (predominantly women of color) alongside a resource fair highlighting the organizations and opportunities that support women and families in our extremely low-wealth neighborhood. 

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Events will take place on Saturday 6/8 3-6 PM as well as Tuesdays 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 5-8 PM and Saturday 9/21 3-6 PM. Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!

Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!