Devendra Banhart Debuts “Abre Las Manos”

Devendra Banhart debuts "Abre Las Manos"
Devendra Banhart "Abre Las Manos"

Devendra Banhart has shared his new single “Abre Las Manos” – which translates to “Open Your Hands.” The track, is the second taste of his forthcoming release Ma, out September 13, via Nonesuch Records. Like many of the songs on Ma, “Abre Las Manos,” which is sung in Spanish (English translation below), was inspired by Banhart’s relationship with his motherland, Venezuela.

Banhart will be touring behind Ma, starting September 27, in Dana Point, California. For the tour, he’s partnering with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold in the U.S. will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize-nominated chef José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. WCK is currently responding to the crisis on the Colombia-Venezuelan border and has served more than 350,000 meals to date.

From Devendra Banhart:

“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela,” Banhart says. “There’s this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”

“Abre Las Manos”

Abre las alas el mundo te espera
Una sorpresa que dios te guarda

Abre las manos el cielo te guarda
Un regalito que es solo pa ti

El verde de tu pelo
Y el azul de tu piel
El amor es un espejo
Donde nadie se ve

Cierra tus ojos y mira tu alma
Una hojita en el árbol de amor

Abre los ojos mira quien te ama
Una rama rama rama rama

Tu dios es me diosa
No puede ser different

Mi diosa es tu dios
No le pares a la gente

Mira el abasto cubrido de sangre
Te estaba buscando pero no hay nadie

Mira el museo fue destrozado
Por gente que nunca
Habia entrado

Mira la fila veinte mil horas
Ahi esta mi tia esperando su pan

Que porcentaje de gente con hambre
Es necessario para que algo cambie

Ayer mi vecina fue secuestrada
Quería contarte pero eso no es nada

Abre las manos el mundo te espera
Un regalito que es solo pa ti

Es solo pa ti
Es solo pa ti
Es solo pa ti

Devendra Banhart

09/27/19 – Dana Point, CA @ OHANA Festival
10/15/19 – Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
10/16/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/18/19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/19/19 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
10/20/19 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ^
10/22/19 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
10/24/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
10/26/19 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
10/27/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/30/19 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
11/01/19 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown *
11/02/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
11/03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
11/05/19 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone *
11/07/19 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs (Levitation)
11/23/18 – Leon, Guanajuato Mx @ Tecate Bajio Festival
11/30/19 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art *
12/01/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
12/03/19 – Montreal, QC @ The Olympia *
12/04/19 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur *
12/05/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
12/07/19 – Washington, D.C. @ 930 Club *
12/08/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

* w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
^ w/ Daniel Higgs