Buika in concert
World music star vocalist Concha Buika blends the heat of Africa, the soul of Spain, and the lilt of the islands in a style that is all her own.
Known as simply “Buika” to her millions of fans around the world, she sings in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese, and has inspired collaboration with such artists as Anoushka Shankar, Chick Corea, Chucho Valdés, Seal, Nelly Furtado and more. Don’t miss this international sensation in her Strathmore debut!
Born on the island of Mallorca to African immigrant parents from Equatorial Guinea, Buika has become a true revelation to those who thought flamenco had little left to contribute to Spanish music, and to jazz.
Her evident African roots and her cosmopolitanism, developed in clubs in Spain and Americanized during a strange detour to Las Vegas as a Tina Turner impersonator, explain Buika’s rare self-possession. But nothing can quite explain her ability to connect —one of those rare and wonderful “one-listen” artists.
In 2010, an article by Alice Winkler of NPR listed Buika among the best 50 vocalists. The article defined her as “The voice of freedom.”
The arrival of Buika’s ninth album —La noche más larga— in 2013 is taking her to a new stage of her career. An era defined by her different creative processes which include her second book of poems —To those who loved hardcore women and left them— and producing her first movie based on a tale from her book —From solitude to hell.