They make you feel like danc­ing: Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofía

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Dance­able yet de­vo­tional, Las 7 salves de La Mag­dalena (The 7 Songs of Praise for the Mag­da­lene), the first al­bum by Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofía, com­bines Puerto Ri­can jíbaro mu­sic and Do­mini­can pa­los and bachata, among other Latin Amer­i­can gen­res. In 2011, the al­bum hit the Top 20 World Mu­sic Charts Europe at num­ber 16. Singer-song­writer Rivera, who is a vis­it­ing scholar at the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico, is the co-edi­tor of the an­thol­ogy

Reg­gae­ton and au­thor of New York Ri­cans From the Hip Hop Zone. She of­fers a cut­ting-edge form of tra­di­tional mu­sic that tran­scends popular, com­mer­cial ap­peal on the strength of her lyrics, mu­si­cian­ship, and earnest en­thu­si­asm. The group, which is tour­ing New Mex­ico on a grant from the Na­tional Per­for­mance Net­work, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Al­bu­querque’s Out­post Per­for­mance Space, plays Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) on Sun­day, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets, $20, are avail­able at the door. Visit — J.L.

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