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FUNKdalena© dmt 2012
Inspired by theological experiences, love addiction, redemption from an emotional suicide, and 70’s Latin Soul music, Miami-based Puerto Rican actress/poet Deborah Magdalena gave birth to FUNKdalena, her first album in 10 years:
“This is the first time I’ve written pretty poetry, funky poetry-- the kind of poetry that makes you want to dance and make the ugly FUNK face”, proclaims Deborah.
Produced by her long time musical collaborator The Brass King, this dynamic duo have meshed, hashed, re-arranged, composed, poetically ciphered, fixed and remixed tracks inspired by funk and soul legends including Eddie Palmieri, Jimmy Smiths, Roy Ayers, Tanya Gardner, Donny Hathaway, The Delfonics, and Earth Wind & Fire to name a few. With FUNKdalena Deborah bares her poetic soul while celebrating her Latin and Jazz FUNK roots. Her Latin Grammy winning brother Nestor Torres jams along with his famed Jazz flute on “Voodoo Princess”, a poem they co-wrote 8 years ago. Deborah pays homage to her late aunt Ruth Fernandez on “Mi Tia” featuring Rafael Hernández’s legendary hit “Gracias Mundo”. FUNKdalena also features the powerful vocals of Antonia Jenaé in what is slated to be the next women’s anthem, “Diosa”, and listeners are in for another treat with “Razones”, a unique Spanish take on Earth Wind & Fire’s “Reasons”, with vocals by up-and-coming singer, Kinetic.
FUNKdalena - The Trilogy© dmt 2012
A dance, multi-media, spoken word three-part work inspired by theological experiences, love addiction, redemption from an emotional suicide and 70’s Latin soul music. Originally setting out to complete just an album, FUNKdalena organically evolved into a Trilogy. FUNKdalena the album evolved into a brand which consists of a one woman show, one act play and a musical. Deborah Magdalena’s FUNKdalena is not just a mix of poetry and FUNK music, FUNKdalena sets out to poetically inspire positive growth and change in the human soul, the stage and dance floor.
LOVE ADDICT - The Emotional Suicide Of FUNKdalena© dmt 2012
This 15 minute musical spoken word dramedy, using multi-media, music and dance is based on the poem Love Addict from Deborah’s chapbook; Heartbreak Haiku, the prequel to FUNKdalena.
FUNKdalena - Goddess Of FUNK© dmt 2012
This 30-minute multi-media one-act dance performance with words is based on the album FUNKdalena.
FUNKdalena - LA DIOSA© dmt 2012
This full 45-minute musical is about FUNKdalena's journey as a love addict, her emotional suicide and redemption, and becoming a true DIOSA.
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Spoken word and theater workshops for adults and youth available with performance packages.