Maribel Tafur

Lima, Peru

Blackout

AmbientDowntempo

1Birds Underwater
2Collides
3Far from the shore
4Blackout (featuring Budapest)
Behind the Music

When Ian asked me to be part of this project, I saw it as a valuable opportunity for me as an artist to contribute to a cause and collaborate on a completely new level. The in-depth investigating and storytelling done by Ian unveils the dark roots and systematic practices that occur on The Outlaw Ocean. Each chapter and story, like that of Lang Long in “Sea Slavery,” reveals valuable insight on global issues that can lead to change. 

The story of this lawless realm has been shared to us through Ian’s writing. Now those stories and their impacts need to be spread. Using the poignancy of music is the best tool to further disseminate these stories. I wanted every one of my tracks to be an immersive experience. Just as reading The Outlaw Ocean moved me, I want my music to trigger feelings of uncertainty, loneliness, vulnerability, beauty, isolation and movement. I want to convey to listeners exactly how uncontrollable the ocean is and the contrast in the beauty and danger it inevitably holds.

Maribel Tafur
About Maribel Tafur

Maribel Tafur is a composer, music producer, sound designer and DJ based in Lima, Peru. Her creations involve ambient, downtempo, experimental beats supported by her classical piano training. Her sound is characterized by hypnotic atmospheres, warm melodies, immersive soundscapes, textural layers and field recording manipulation.

Her EP debut, “Mysteries Of Love,” was released in 2013, followed by “Summer Dreams” (Single), “Hidden Years” (EP) and several tracks produced for different compilations.

In 2019, her live show was selected to participate in Amplify, organized by MUTEK, British Council, Somerset and Espacio. In 2016, she travelled to the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Chile. She’s also performed at festivals like Yavería, Ruidosa, Fiesta de la Música, Cultura Libre and Lima Mon Amour, and opened the shows of Slowdive, José Gonzalez and Devendra Banhart, among others artists. In 2020 she was one of the winning artists of the Virtual Music Sessions Projects contest of the Municipality of Lima.

In the last ten years she has been dedicated to creating and curating music for spaces through her own music label, Intune. One of her notable projects is the ambient background music production for the Peruvian restaurants of the renowned chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pia León (Central, Mil, Kjolle and Mayo). She has recently produced the music for Olluco and Maz. She has also done music projects for several local and global brands, and original music for media.

Maribel is also a member and producer of Budapest, a Peruvian electronic-folk band.

The Journalism

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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