Spanish Afro-Flamenco soul singer Singer Concha Buika will perform tonight, Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 8:30 to 11:00pm at the Caguas Center for Fine Arts [Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas]. Her tour, which began in Chicago on October 15, will end in Miami, Florida, on November 20 (Knight Concert Hall). The concert’s title, “El Último Trago” [The Last Drink], also the title of her latest CD—for which she received a Latin Grammy for best traditional tropical music album—is a tribute to the Mexican classic Chavela Vargas.
Cindy Byram (All about Jazz) writes: “Concha Buika—better known simply as Buika—is one of the most peculiar Spanish artists around. This singer, born on the island of Mallorca to African immigrant parents from Equatorial Guinea, has become a true revelation to those who thought flamenco had little left to contribute to Spanish music, and to jazz. [. . . But] nothing can quite explain her ability to connect—one of those rare and wonderful ‘one listen’ artists.”
El Vocero states that 2010 is her year: with two nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards, participation in the CD Mujeres de mar (she was also included in Mujeres de agua with spectacular guitarist Javier Limón), new film by Pedro Almodóvar, a duet with Seal, and other surprises.
The singer, who has been called a “supreme priestess and the next diva of World Music,” has a magnetic presence and as a spellbinding voice: “deep, sweet, and melodramatic.” During her concerts, she captivates the audience with her powerful voice and spontaneous feedback between each song. She explains, “I don’t usually prepare anything. I don’t because if I feel that it would lack the spontaneity of the work that encloses all my music. We will see what will happen because there are many things in my head.” An arranger and self-taught composer, Buika is a singer who handles with magnificently different styles such as flamenco, copla, boleros, jazz, funk and even the ranchera.
In her interview with El Vocero the artist confessed that she visits Puerto Rico at least once a year, especially the island of Culebra. Because she is so fascinated by its magic, she says that she has proclaimed herself and “adoptive daughter” of Culebra, adding that “There are several places in the world where I have declared myself their daughter because I love the magic that lives there and that [one] breathes there. [. . .] The truth is that this little island has something magical and Puerto Ricans in general also possess it.”
The concert is produced by Saravá Productions and Musical Art Pro.Tickets for Buika’s concert are on sale at Ticket Center, (787) 792-5000 and www.tcpr.com.
Listen to Buika here:
For full article, see http://www.vocero.com/escenario/musica/18163.html
For full review (and photo), see http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=67131