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Nat Geo Music Releases Debut Album From Spanish Singer/Songwriter Depedro


Album Marks Maiden Release from New Nat Geo Music Label

NEW YORK — “DePedro,” the first solo album from the man behind the name Jairo Zavala, and also the first full-length release for the newly minted Nat Geo Music label, comes out today. The album combines the Madrid native’s varied influences with a particular North American bent. “DePedro” was recorded in Calexico’s studios in Tucson, Ariz., and Calexico serves as the backing band for most of the record. Calexico’s lead singer, Joey Burns, duets on several tracks.

As a touring guitarist for Calexico, Zavala has toured the world, most recently playing shows in the United States with the Decemberists and Andrew Bird. But his own material is on display, too: Not only did he play at this year’s SXSW, but the songs he’s written with Calexico (“Victor Jara’s Hands,” for example, off last year’s “Carried to Dust”) are a constant part of the band’s repertoire.

To celebrate the release, National Geographic is giving away an MP3 single, “La Memoria.” To download the single and check out the video, go to

Hear more from DePedro and some tracks from the new album on “National Geographic Weekend,” a weekly talk show hosted by Boyd Matson, on Aug. 22 and 23. More info can be found at http://www.nationalgeograph

“The debut solo album of former Calexico guitarist Jairo Zavala is primarily in Spanish, but even if you don’t speak the romance language, you’ll appreciate these soothing melodies and Zavala’s sexy scratchy voice. Two tracks that’ll have you hooked: ’La Memoria’ and ’Don’t Leave Me Now.’” -- Real Simple

...on his solo debut, ’DePedro,’ for which Zavala records under the same name, members of Calexico return the favor, with stunning results...The one of this year’s left-field delights.” - Billboard

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Nat Geo Music, a division of National Geographic Entertainment, was established in 2007 to inspire people to care about the planet through the power of music. Content developed by Nat Geo Music is utilized across all National Geographic platforms, including online media, radio, print media, film and television. The Nat Geo Music label, launched in January 2009, will record, release and promote modern music from around the globe from a variety of artists and genres. The Nat Geo Music Channel programs music from every corner of the planet and showcases global legends, local stars and up-and-coming artists.


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