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Silvana Estrada, the new face of Mexican folk music, pays tribute to musical icon Manu Chao with her new single.

The composer and singer-songwriter from Veracruz, Mexico, released two singles as part of her session for the Spotify Singles series, among which is a cover of Manu Chao’s classic, ‘Clandestino.’ Despite being a cover, Estrada turned the 1998 hit into a song with her own style and voice.

To the rhythm of the guitar and with a ranchera sound, Estrada expresses great emotion from the first chord. With a much slower rhythm than the original song and the depth of her voice that sounds heartbreaking, Estrada speaks to the pain migrants suffer and the strength that keeps them standing, thanks to the hope of finding a new home.

The song was produced by Gustavo Guerrero, who was also the producer of her latest album ‘Marchita,’ which came out earlier this year.

Estrada’s music is influenced by the great exponents of Latin Folklore, such as Soledad Bravo, Mercedes Sosa, and Violeta Parra. Her instrument of choice is the Venezuelan cuatro guitar. Thanks to being raised under the influence of music, Estrada has ventured out in search of a sound that is her own and expresses her individuality. The product of her beautiful work has led her to collaborate today with great artists such as Natalia Lafourcade and Mon Laferte.

Estrada recently completed her sold-out North American tour called ‘Gira Marchita,’ playing venues from Montreal to Los Angeles. And soon, she will be preparing for the second part of the tour, which will begin in June of this year and take her to various parts of Europe and the United States. For more information and dates, visit her website.