Concha Buika @ Somerset House

On 21st July 2012, Buika will perform on the river terrace in the beautiful surroundings of Somerset House, an excellent opportunity to witness a rare UK appearance from one of the most talented singers in the world today.

Hailed as a star of modern-day flamenco music, Buika is blessed with a remarkable voice; raw and smoky but with a tenderness that hits right at the heart. Her albums have topped the world music charts, and 2010’s El Ultimo Trago, a collaboration with the great Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, won her a Latin Grammy Award.

A brilliant and truly innovative talent, Buika has consistently invigorated the flamenco genre while maintaining a strong connection to the music’s roots and incorporating influences from jazz, blues and African music to stirring effect. Buika is the daughter of political refugees from the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a gypsy neighbourhood on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where she found a path to self-acceptance through flamenco’s individualistic spirit. Flamenco was an open door, remembers Buika: “It’s not just about music, it’s a way of life. It’s about not running away from yourself.

Some people sing about what they would like to happen or would like to be, but in the copla and el cante, we confront who we are, with all our fears and all our defects. In the United States there’s also a great tradition like this: it’s called the blues.”Buika’s fans include high profile Spanish and Latin luminaries such as Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, along with Nelly Furtado and Portuguese fado star Mariza (both of whom she recorded duets with), director Pedro Almodóvar, fashion photographer Bruce Weber, and the iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas.

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