Buika: the new face of flamenco.

Author:Mangual, Rudy
Position:Latin Beat Profile

Born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, of Equatorial Guinean ancestry, María Concepción Balboa Buika (professional known as Concha Buika, or simply Buika) grew up listening to the great voices of jazz via her mother, while absorbing the gypsy sounds that surrounded her environment. Ever since she was a child, her musical talent was evident, but it was after being invited to a concert in London by guitarist Pat Metheny that her life changed. Throughout the 1990s, she took part in different productions, including Ombra (by la Fura dels Baus) and the soundtrack of the Spanish movie "km.O." At the same time she performed in several local bars and nightclubs throughout the island of Mallorca, while composing several songs such as Ritmo Pra Vocé, Up to the Sky and Loving You (all of them popular in Europe). Yes, she sings fluently in Spanish and English and handles many musical styles with ease, including jazz, bolero, flamenco, funk, house, chill-out and copla (poetic and traditional Spanish compositions).

From November 2000 to March 2001, Buika performed at The Luxor, Harrah's and Gold Coast casinos in Las Vegas, impersenating Tina Turner and The Supremes. She also performed next to jazz great Rachelle Ferrell at the Blue Note Club in the same city, prior to returning to Madrid, Spain, to commence her solo recording career. She released her solo debut Buika in 2005, showcasing her unique voice and numerous artistic possibilities. Her second release, titled Mi Niña Lola, and produced by guitarist Javier Limón, exploded with rave...

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