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Sofia Kourtesis’ new song ‘Estación Esperanza’ samples a well-known Manu Chao vocal

Sofia Kourtesis’ new song ‘Estación Esperanza’ samples a well-known Manu Chao vocal

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Songs from the Peruvian Berlin-based electronic producer Sofia Kourtesis’ debut EP Fresia Magdalena ended up on a lot of end of year lists in 2021 and the artist is picking up the pace for 2021 with another release on Ninja Tune to start the new year.

Kourtesis’ latest song‘Estación Esperanza’ features the familiar sound of the French/Spanish singer-songwriter Mano Chao, a staple of many an Irish college student’s CD collection in the ’90s and early 2000s.

The song samples Chao’s well-known song ‘La Primavera’ andKourtesis’ hopeful track is dedicated to her mother, a politician and social worker.

“‘Estación Esperanza’ is all about hope. I’m hopeful my mother will get better, I’m hopeful the world will begin to heal, I’m hopeful this song will bring you light on dark days. I first wrote this song after listening to Manu Chao. To me Manu Chao has always represented hope, his lyrics were like a bible to me growing up. This song is for him, my mother and all those activists working hard to make this world better.. never lose hope!”

The song begins with sampled chanting from a Peruvian protest against homophobia.

Kourtesis has written before about her parents and hope for The Guardian.

Tour dates:

25 Jan – Bristol @ O2 Academy ^ – SOLD OUT
26 Jan – Bristol @ O2 Academy, Bristol ^
28 Jan – Cardiff @ TramShed ^
30 Jan – Brighton @ The Dome ^ – SOLD OUT

31 Jan – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique ^
01 Feb – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier ^
02 Feb – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks ^
03 Feb – Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse ^
04 Feb – Bratislava, SK @ Edison Park ^
05 Feb – Warsaw, PL @ Stoloda ^
07 Feb – Paris, FR @ L’Olympisa ^

07 March – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle ^
08 March – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin ^
09 March – Vienna, AT @ Arena ^
10 March – Munich, DE @ Neue Theaterfabrik ^ – SOLD OUT
11 March – Ljubljana, SL @ Kino Siska ^
13 March – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten ^
15 March – Cologne, [email protected] Carlswerk Victoria ^
16 March – Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie ^
17 March – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVrendenburg ^
18 March – Lille, FR @ L’Aeronef, Lille ^
19 March – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje ^
20 March – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich ^ – SOLD OUT

03 April – Mayrhofen, AT @ Snowbombing Festival – DJ
17 April – Amsterdam, NL @ DGTL Festival

20 April – Manchester @ YES Pink Room (Headline show)
TICKETS (on sale 10am Friday)
21 April – London @ Electrowerkz (Headline show)
TICKETS (on sale 10am Friday)

09 June – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
12 June – Ferropolis, DE @ Melt Festival

^ – supporting Caribou
All dates live unless stated as DJ