Listen To Ceci Bastida's New Single 'Un Sueño,' Inspired By Missing Ayotzinapa Students: Exclusive
Tijuana singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida's new politically charged single is inspired by the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students in Guerrero, Mexico, who have been missing since Sept. 2014.
Featuring soul artist Aloe Blacc, the upbeat track sends out a powerful message of hope. "This song was inspired by the disappearance of 43 Mexican students, and the strength that their families have shown by not keeping quiet and demanding answers about their whereabouts," Bastida -- considered a female pioneer of the Tijuana punk movement -- tells Billboard exclusively.
"These were young men who only wanted to become teachers, and this tragedy happened to them," Bastida continues. "It's been two years and we still don't know the truth. When I thought about who to record it with, I immediately thought of Aloe. He has been so smart about the ways he uses music to speak about various social-justice issues. He came over to the Red Bull studios where I was working, and he blew me away."
Listen to "Un sueño" below:
Bastida, currently touring the U.S. with Mexrrissey, will make a special appearance at the #SchoolsNotPrisons Tour in Oxnard, California on Oct. 8. The free music and art trek, headlined by Ty Dolla $ign, will visit cities in California that have been "impacted by the overuse of punishment and incarceration."
The "Una vez más" singer's forthcoming EP Sueño is due Nov. 11 and promises to include more socio-political driven tracks.