Xenia Rubinos has premiered a provocative new lyric video for the track ‘Mexican Chef’ from her new album, ‘Black Terry Cat’.
The lyric video offers a spirited visual homage to both Judy Garland’s dance routine from the 1950 film ‘Summer Stock’, and the ‘Queen of Latin Soul’, La Lupe, with Rubinos dancing defiantly before a vivid background. Her propulsive funk song details the immense contributions and systemic devaluation of the many labourers of colour in America.
Rubinos explains: “In making the lyric video for ‘Mexican Chef’ I took inspiration from two of my all time favourite performers Judy Garland and La Lupe. The set we created is my take on Judy Garland’s performance of ‘Get Happy’ from the 1950 film ‘Summer Stock’.”
“In that song she’s essentially singing about dying, but she does it in such a joyful over the top song and dance type of way that you might miss it. Known to many as the ‘Queen of Latin Soul’, La Lupe’s performance style carried a lot the same exuberance and tragedy but unlike Judy, she wasn’t choreographed or measured. She was a master freestyler who fell into her own flow and let it all go, she was raw magic.
“Some of my moves in this video are a nod to La Lupe who while performing would often pretend to be washing her clothes, throw off her jewellery, and pull at her shirt collar. There’s something wildly joyful and tragic about both of their performances, they transmit so much soul power.”
Her album, ‘Black Terry Cat’, is out now via Epitaph Records and Xenia is touring on the following dates, with more to be announced:
24/10 London, UK – Birthdays
27/10 Mannheim, DE – Enjoy Jazz Festival
28/10 Hamburg, DE – Mojo Cafe
29/10 Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
This Xenia Rubinos article was written by Neil Stopforth, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Stephen Butchard.