Wah-Wah Over Madame Ur

Azzul Monraz and Madame Ur are two different women. Azzul is a nerd, mother and wife, while her alter-ego is a fearless goddess of song. Giving birth to a son gave her a profound moment of clarity and that's when she promised herself, “I will do everything I can to get closer to love and happiness.”

In 2006, that promise gave her the courage to conjure up the woman who had always been inside her: Madame Ur – a soulful, enchanting, cabaret-jazz songstress who will “wah-wah” you using her voice and hand as an instrument. You'd think she was actually muting a trumpet – an intentional design to keep you in a trance. Watch her video for “Venada.” 

Why the name Madame Ur?

“I like my name Azzul Monraz,” the born-and-raised-til-she-dies Tijuanera explains. “But what happens if I have another name, a name that everyone in every language can say. That's what I thought. I like the name Ur. It's an ancient city in Mesopotamia. I was so impressed how two letters can make that sound ---oooooooRRRRRR.”

No one can roll the 'R' sound better than the chanteuse Madame Ur.

Fast forward to today, and Madame Ur has found a band to muse with. They have released their debut album, Animal Man, under the name Madame Ur y Sus Hombres. The first single dropped is “Man.” And man! No pun intended: it's a gut-wrenching ode to all the broken-hearted women who have been duped by a lover.

“It's a female empowerment song, where I accept my imperfect and crazy nature and I ask men to be men,” Madame Ur says.

Here are the lyrics to "Man:"

I’m not saying that you are all the same
You are not equal you came in different shapes
So stop crying

And do your part
So stop lying
And cut the crap

Welcome to the woman’s world
The self-regenerated world
Welcome to the woman’s world
The damaged and refurbished world
It's all ours!!

Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.

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