Ani Cordero is a Puerto Rican singer/composer and activist living in NYC. She has toured as the drummer for the legendary Os Mutantes, and was a founding member of the celebrated Mexican rock band Pistolera. In the early 2000s, Ani led her own bilingual art rock band, Cordero who released such Feminist anthems such as “Vamos Nenas,” and “Matadora,” on Chicago’s beloved Bloodshot Records and Amy Ray’s (Indigo Girls>) label, Daemon Records.
n 2014, Ani released an album entitled Recordar (Remember), which re-imagined songs by influential Latin American songwriters of the turbulent “Nueva Cancion” era, including Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, Chavela Vargas, and Atahualpa Yupanqui. Her critically-acclaimed album received accolades from NPR’s All Things Considered, Alt-Latino, and Soundcheck, as well as, Billboard, USA Today, PRI The World, Brooklyn Vegan, BUST, Remezcla, and more.
Following the success of Recordar, Ani released an album of her own political protest and love songs called Querido Mundo (Dear World). The album is Ani’s love letter to a complicated world and addresses several themes including immigration, Black Lives Matter, Feminism, and government corruption. The songs feature heavy percussion, sing-along choruses and strong lyrics that aim to inspire political resistance and support for social justice.
In September 2019, Ani will release her third solo album El Machete inspired in large part by the new reality facing Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.
Ani is also co-founder of Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists (PRIMA) which supports the music community in Puerto Rico.
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