Tony Ávila don't stop. This self-entitled "troubadour of heart" is presenting his new album 'Pa que haga la luz', which includes 14 new songs. The production was released a year ago, but touring is tough because of the inclusion of wind instruments and the company of Omara Portuondo singing "Negra" (Black Woman) and Eliades Ochoa in "Las mujeres dicen" (Women say).
Ávila, a former Marxism teacher and hustler, presented himself as heir to the Cuban social song, a musical genre defended by icons such Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Pedro Luis Ferrer or Carlos Varela. "La Nueva Trova" movement explores social -and love- themes, mixing musical arranges with tons of soul.
"A troubadour is essentially a person committed to his time, life, the society in which he live, the land and its surrounding area, and the course of things. Therefore, he also has something of a thinker, a chronicler", Avila said to Prensa Latina.
His work has been labeled as "bold", "controversial" or "humorous", but a better tag would be "fearless": Tony claims he has never felt afraid to say what he thinks.
"I really don't care what the censors think of my songs, I try to make my work coherent, consistent with what I think and sing. I think if the criticism is permeated with positive things, it can be of great help", pointed.
But he takes good care of not being offensive on his lyrics. When it comes to social, religious or racial issues, you don't have to be invasive or aggressive, added. As a result, legends such Jhonny Ventura, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle or the Gran Combo of Puerto Rico play Avila's songs. Most recently he worked with Dominican star Sergio Vargas.