Mana to release "Cama incendiada," sexy and happy album coming after breakup

Guadalajara, Mexico, Mar 30 (EFE).- The heartache after a divorce and the resulting explosion of feelings are all contained in the songs on Mana's new album - "Cama incendiada" - but they are transformed into happiness on the sexy album, full of piquant lyrics and exotic fusions of rhythm, the band's lead singer, Fher Olvera, told Efe.

Olvera, the writer of most of the numbers, said that he was "crossing through some dark areas after a breakup," when he wrote many of the lyrics for the album that will go on sale on April 21.

And art, "for good or for ill, is what is born in your stomach, in your guts, in your testicles, what you really feel like singing," he said in an interview with Efe in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the band emerged in the late 1980s.

The group invited various communications media outlets to their studios to hear their ninth studio album, which includes songs like "Adicto a tu amor," "Peligrosa," "La Telaraña" and the title song, "Cama incendiada," (which means "The burning bed" in Spanish) emphasizing the importance of that very symbolic object where humans spend almost half their lives.

"You're born there, you grow up, reproduce and die there. Love sometimes generates so many flames that they can turn (you) into ashes," said the singer, who presented each of the songs on the album by explaining its rhythms and its significance.

Drummer Alex Gonzalez said that the album is a "very eclectic" one with touches of evolution and songs that the band's fans "have followed their entire lives and they're going to recall Mana's beginnings, but with a more up-to-date sound."

The album was produced by George Noriega, who has also produced works by artists such as Ricky Martin, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, and he forced the group to emerge from "its comfort zone to try and do different things and risk other things, musically speaking," Gonzalez said.

Despite the fact that Mexico is not going through its best period due to problems of lack of security, Mana's new album makes almost no references to the country, despite the fact that the band has always been rather constructively critical of its homeland.

Although the political situation in Mexico is bad, the singer said, he added that the "force of the people" is being heard and it fills him with hope to know that people can unite via the social networks to create change.

He said that Mexico can overcome its problems, but the great "cancer" in Latin America is corruption. He also said that, as Mexicans, it is incumbent upon them to do as much as they can to "improve the country."