Diego ended up going home last thursday, but now, thanks to Sons Of Mariel, his new project with Black Eyed Peas cohort George Pajon, he's back to making the raw, organic, rootsy music that is his stock in trade.
Here is a little bit about Sons of Mariel:
Sons of Mariel
The Sons of Mariel encompass the spirit of George Pajon and Diego Vals’s native countries Cuba and Peru, combined, to create something extraordinary. Grammy ® nominated guitarist/songwriter George Pajon has solidified his place among music’s top songwriters. George penned numerous chart-toppers playing guitar alongside the Black Eyed Peas for more than a decade.
In 2012, George shifted his attention to writing his own music and hooked up with Peruvian born singer/songwriter Diego Val to bring you the Sons of Mariel. In 2012 Diego caught the attention of the Producers of The Voice and made it through the several rounds as a member of Team Cee Lo.
A chance meeting with Black Eyed Peas guitarist George Pajon quickly turned into the proper platform as they combined forces as Sons of Mariel.
On April 5th, 1980 a few hundred Cubans marched into a Peruvian embassy in Havana seeking refuge attempting to gain diplomatic asylum. A few short weeks later, over 10,000 Cubans had crammed into the embassy. The government swiftly countered these acts and had military personnel block access to the embassy. These events helped trigger the Mariel Boatlift.
While Diego and George were not directly involved in the Mariel boatlift, their music is a direct connection to the people who dared to take risks to make a better life for their future generations.
And Sons Of Mariel's just-premiered video for "I Told You," shot at Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California, is giving me some Extreme/"More Than Words" realness here. That's a good thing, of course.
Check it out:
The new Sons of Mariel Video Featuring Diego Val and George Pajon!
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