Ali Aka Mind connects music and literature

The Bogota artist will present “Manjit 1”, his ninth studio album, on October 16 at the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Theater. There will be 15 new songs inspired by classic works.

Ali Aka Mind will perform the songs from his new album at the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán.  / Private file

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Ali Aka Mind will perform the songs from his new album at the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. / Private file

What is “Manjit 1”?

It is my ninth studio album. It is a fairly conceptual work that has some braided ideas, especially it has a background called Manjit, which is like my alter ego, the voice of my conscience. On the other hand, there is the way that led me to search for structures and bibliographies.

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Why present the album launch in a space like Jorge Eliécer Gaitán?

The theater has another energy. It is a family space where the musical becomes art and the theme of the works is felt more. I’m sure a large part of my family will come to see me, that makes me very happy: knowing that I have them in a beautiful place to share with them. We are going to present all this this Saturday, October 16. For me, it is an honor to be at the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Theater. I’ve never played there, but I can’t wait to do it. I think that because of the shape and what it means, the album is perfect to be presented for the first time in a theater.

Why did you choose the name “Manjit”?

Manjit is a character, I think we all have him, he is the one who advises us. In this album I wanted to give life to that voice and present it in person, even within the album there are a series of videos that we put together. A season of a series where we faced Manjit. This is the purest part of the album. There are several stories mixed between love and death, the thought of the word and the work; they are several stories that in the end lead to a depth of a search for the spirit.

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We see that there is also a reference to “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, why?

The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a book by Joseph Campbell that has been well referenced and we picked it up too. Likewise, we also have the Autobiography of a Yogi. There are several books that are intertwined with the disc, but this one by Joseph Campbell begins with the story of a common being, who from an ordinary place leads him to make the decision to undertake an adventure, which is cut off by a messenger, who in this case is death. Then he makes him pass through a portal, the key to the universe. I think that’s what it’s all about … it’s not killing the ego, but loving without fear. Then we end this series with a song called You.

What led you to mix literature with music?

Literature has always been a part of my life, but this time it has a much bigger influence. In this album we talk about Manjit, which is a Hindu name; and from there I understood that artistic references are going to be great in my project. Above all, in a song called Obra. My dad has been painting for years, so I start from writing, then I move on to painting and finally to thinking; which leads us to reflect and establish that the greatest work is ourselves.

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How was the preparation for the launch?

Since I finished the album I have not stopped practicing. They have been long days, full of a lot of energy, I have had to remember the lyrics, because they are fifteen new songs and, on the other hand, not to lose the energy of feeling them and the responsibility of not forgetting them. Also of how to combine with the musicians and with those who will be in the show. We have all been focused on doing something very beautiful, but the most important thing about this project is being able to feel it and live it.

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