Flamenco singer (although it sounds very limiting considering her outstanding talent) Concha Buika was in NYC a few days ago for a signing of her book of poems, stories and photography, and to perform at Town Hall for the Blue Note Jazz Festival. If you have never seen Buika singing before, I strongly recommend you go youtube any of her live performances, and witness the depth of her delivery.
Buika (María Concepción Balboa Buika) was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the 70s, of Equatoguinean parents. She started her career in 2001, flawlessly stretching between all genres with the same intensity in her voice, at ease in many languages too. She credits nature and her life’s experiences for her most profound lessons. She has performed all over the world, released 7 albums -among which the staggering "Mi Niña Lola" (2006), was nominated twice at the Grammy Awards, featured her music in movies including Pedro Almodovar's, and collaborated with a plethora of legendary artists, each in their own genres: Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Korea, Niño Josele, Mariza, Bebo y Chucho Valdes, Javier Limon, Charles Aznavour, Luz Casal, Seal, Armando Manzanero, Nelly Furtado...
Today she lives in Miami, and after having completed her book, Buika is currently working on her live DVD, as well as an electronic-er next album. She makes music of her own. She says "I just want to be true. I want what Charlie Parker’s got — I want eternity".
➜ Buika's official website
➜ Follow her on Twitter
➜ Buy her book "A los que amazon a mujeres dificiles y acabaron por soltarse"
➜ Read full interviews on Music.cbc.ca and The Guardian