The Trouble Notes - "Mayahuel" (feat. Carola Zerega)

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With their first single this year, Mayahuel, The Trouble Notes romanticize the story of their friend Martha Xucunostli. A powerful female character, she traveled across an ocean from her native Mexico to Belgium for love. While searching for her place, she must navigate the balance between her native traditions and those of her new European home. Drawing strength from Mayahuel, the Aztecan goddess of fertility and maternity, she seeks to contribute to the local culture by fusing traditions. This gave birth to "Mayahuel": a fusion of traditional Mexican Mezcal and Belgian brewing. For more information on Martha and Mayahuel Tripel, visit the following:

Tripel Mayahuel Contains Alcohol, Please Drink Responsibly.

In finding influence for the song, The Trouble Notes sought to pay homage to one of their largest musical influences, Grammy winning Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. After watching videos of Rodrigo y Gabriela busking on Dublin’s famous Grafton Street, Bennet first gained the courage to try playing in the streets of New York City. Fast forward 6 years and the band was touring France/Switzerland in support of their musical heroes. The melodic lines and guitar rhythms extol the repertoire of the duo, while maintaining a unique voice and texture that has defined the sound of The Trouble Notes for the past decade.

A special thank you to Carola Zerega and Olivier van Bettsbrugge for performing with us on the song. Carola shares a similar story to that of Martha, having traveled from her native Ecuador across the sea eventually landing in Kortrijk, Belgium. Her talent is truly awe-inspiring, with a pure energy and powerful spirit that captivated us from the moment we heard her sing. A critical member of the Magnolia collective, she is a true artist in every sense of the word. Her collaboration on "Mayahuel" is the first in a series with us, including featuring on two tracks on our "Liberty Awaits" Album. Discover her music and follow her story through her instagram profile:

About The Trouble Notes:

Sitting somewhere between traditional folk, modern classical, and tribal dance music, The Trouble Notes have traveled their way across continents in search of musical influences. The band has proudly built its multifarious audience independently – known colloquially as “The Troublemakers”- a testament to their self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances, multiple film scores and an extensive tour schedule spanning the globe.

The core of the band consists of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt, and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Bennet began his training as a classical violinist at 4 years old, performing in orchestras and winning soloist competitions in his youth. After graduating University, he had a brief career working in Wall Street before leaving New York City for Europe fueled by the vision of The Trouble Notes. Bennet would meet Oliver in London in the summer of 2013, and their musical bond has held since the day they met. After an extended stint in London, they moved to Berlin where Florian joined to make them whole.

In 2017 a series of videos of the band performing on the streets in France and Germany went certified viral, amassing more than 100 million views on social media and bringing them international notoriety. They recorded their debut album Lose Your Ties at Riverside Studios in Berlin, Germany working with Lebanese producer Khalil Chahine. The album was released in February 2018 and peaked in the top 10 of the iTunes charts for their genre in France, Germany and the USA. Their music has featured in award-winning films and documentaries, and their headline Lose Your Ties Tour featured sold out concerts in Europe and North America. They have performed live on television in the USA, Japan, Brazil, Germany and France. In 2019, they toured supporting Rodrigo y Gabriela as a part of their Grammy Award winning Mettavolution tour.

This video was filmed by Abel Costeur and Stefanie Tender
Editing done by Abel Costeur

"Mayahuel" A song performed by The Trouble Notes
Written by Bennet Cerven
Recorded at TRACK Conservatorium in Kortrijk Belgium
Produced by Bennet Cerven
Mixed by Bennet Cerven
Mastered by Time Tools Mastering GmbH

Performing Musicians are:
Bennet Cerven - Violin
Florian Eisenschmidt - Guitar
Oliver Maguire - Percussion
Carola Zerega - Vocals
Olivier van Bettsbrugge - Bass

Appearing in the video:
Martha Xucunostli
Monica Villareal
Margot Demeulemeester
Eefje Willems

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This was awesome! I love string music, and violins in particular. I loved listening to this!

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