Cuban singer-songwriter Elain Morales, nominated this year for two Latin Grammy Awards, is kicking off the second stage of a campaign against domestic violence that began months ago with the aid of the Hispanic television network Mega TV.
As part of the Sin Pasaje de Regreso (No Return Ticket) campaign, Morales is giving a concert on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. The price of admission becomes a donation to the cause.
The artist will perform numbers from his album "Volando Alto" (Flying High), including the song composed by Jorge Luis Piloto that gives the Sin Pasaje de Regreso campaign its name.
It was precisely during the recording of this album that Morales became acutely aware of the whole abuse problem.
"At that time I had a case of domestic violence very near me. I'd rather not go into detail, but I can say it made me very aware of the problem," he told Efe.
"I want families to understand they can't let that explosive kind of energy into the home. I have two kids, a girl and a boy of 10 and 15 years old, who I'm watching grow up and I want to leave them a legacy beyond what is material," he said about the subject that concerns him.
Morales grew up between the Havana suburb of Santiago de Las Vegas and the Jesus Maria neighborhood in the Cuban capital, with music his passion since the time he was little. There he eventually joined two popular groups, Los Hijos de los Patines and the orchestra of Pachito Alonso and his Kini Kini.
In the year 2000 he arrived in the United States and in 2001 he launched his career as a soloist. The album "El Disfraz de la Luz" (The Disguise of Light) made his name internationally.
Now he's celebrating and says he can scarcely believe the fact that "Volando Alto" has received two nominations for the prestigious Latin Grammy Awards in the Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Tropical Album categories.
"This is like a gift. I'm living in a very beautiful moment. This disc is a compiling of all my musical experiences and has elements of rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, jazz - it's the sound of music of the world," this bachelor, who describes himself as "married to my art," said.
Right now, besides promoting "Volando Alto," Morales works alongside his artistic godfather, the legendary Dominican merengue star, Johnny Ventura.
"I met him at a benefit in New York and since then we've worked together...we're partners. I'm producing an album for him that will possibly be called 'El Legado' (The Legacy) that shows a very different side of Johnny, something never seen before. I believe it's going to surprise a lot of people because it's a more intimate, even bohemian side of him," he said.
The creator of the songs "Aire" (Air) and "Por Si Mañana" (Maybe Tomorrow) is full of plans and projects, but none so urgent as the campaign he will continue this Thursday.
That's why Morales urges the public to help him in his labor of love.
"Everyone can help by visiting iTunes and downloading 'Sin Pasaje de Regreso.' All the profits go to The Purple Moose Camp organization, which is working to help the victims of domestic violence. And I'd also like to see you at the concert. We can all help!" he said. EFE