Watch THE COUNCIL HAS SPOKEN, A Star Wars Rap Opera Ft. Tony Award Nominee Robin De Jesus
Juan Drigo Ricafort presents: "The Council Has Spoken" A Star Wars Rap Opera, featuring Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús.
Watch now at StarWarsRaps.com
Today Juan Drigo Ricafort announces the release of the record single "The Council Has Spoken," featuring two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús (Original 2008 Broadway cast of IN THE HEIGHTS, 2010 Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and musical film CAMP). Inspired by the story of Star Wars, "The Council Has Spoken" is a rap opera born out of Ricafort's own influences, including trap hip-hop, contemporary musical theatre, and short-form audio drama.
Set when the Jedi Council denies Anakin Skywalker the rank of Jedi Master, "The Council Has Spoken" captures the conflicting perspectives of key characters-Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala-as the tragedy of Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader unfolds. Musical features include double-time rap rhythms from an ensemble cast, a futuristic electronic beat, and live harpsichord and cello melodies; the music video further enhances the experience with gritty visuals and character-driven storytelling. The record and video release coincides with the upcoming, much-anticipated theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and is an homage to the lasting fandom and extended cultural resonance of George Lucas's franchise.
Watch and share "The Council Has Spoken" at StarWarsRaps.com. It will be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play this week.
Written and produced by Juan Drigo Ricafort
About Juan Drigo Ricafort:
Juan Drigo Ricafort is multi-genre musical artist whose work blends hip-hop, musical theatre, and science fiction. "The Council Has Spoken" is his debut independent single. In 2016, Juan Drigo co-wrote and rapped in #BARS at The Public Theater in New York, created by Daveed Diggs (HAMILTON) and Rafael Casal (HBO's Def Poetry). His most recent work includes performing in Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical IN THE HEIGHTS, which broke box-office records at the Olney Theatre in Maryland. He is based in Queens, NY.