a wandering woman writes

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Meet Concha Buika, flamenco meets funk meet Nina Simone. Live, she's an amazing performer, hypnotic, soulful, gutteral, lost in what she's singing. Plus the playful, ecstatic musical bantering between her pianist and the cajon player in the phenomenal quartet she's currently touring with only added to my gooseflesh. I have Pato to thank for thinking of me when she bought tickets.

I will tell you neither the video nor her new CD (Mi Niña Lola, hard to find online) captures the energy and the power of Buika live, acapella, trading Ella-style licks with a bass player or belting it out with the whole quartet. See her live, if you can.

Here's a little you-tube taste of Mi Niña Lola. I linked to it from deep within another post, but decided Buika deserved a post of her own.



  • Erin, six posts in 24 hours. You really are spoiling us. I hope your work isn't suffering.
    Which reminds me - I must put something on that item about "winds blowing at sea".

    By Blogger daniel, at 11:36 PM  

  • Thank you for the post. I've heard the song before, but next time I go to the Fnac I'll listen to the whole record to see if I like anything else.

    By the way, perhaps It's time for you to get al Concha Piquer CD, as it someway remainds me of this singer you made the post about.

    Another bonus is that I'm sure your hairdresser and you can sing together the tunes :-D

    By Anonymous Alex, at 2:26 AM  

  • Yeh, Daniel, I've begun to realize I'm not the steadiest of bloggers. LOL; A bit like a gust of wind, aren't I? nothing for a week than 6 in 24 hours. Didn't see your wind post comment yet???Hmmm?

    OOhm haven't heard of her, Alex. Off now to check her out.(And yes we will assume Carlos will be more than happy to sing the highlights with me. :-)) Have to admit I don't love recorded Buika like I love live Buika, but I'm liking writing to her music.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 11:25 AM  

  • gorgeous and haunting voice! thx for the recommendation.

    By Blogger Kim, at 4:42 AM  

  • Finally I found Concha Buika again thanks to you! Yippee! I saw her on a Spanish evening talk show about 2 years ago & was mesmerized. But since I was guiding a group around Spain, her name got lost (probably on some random receipt). Thanks for the link.

    BTW, I found your blog thru expatinterviews... look forward to reading more about Salamanca. The time that I'm not living in Argentina, I spend working in Spain & Portugal. Abrazo!

    By Blogger Robert, at 12:03 AM  

  • Thanks Robert, glad I helped you find her. Got to tell you I have always dreamed of visiting Buenos Aires...you site may become an addiction. (I have a walking tours fantasy as well, LOL, just never have been sure Salamanca's the right spot...) Thanks for stopping by.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 2:27 PM  

  • Salamanca is the perfect spot for walking tours! You should do it. On a sunny day, I could sit for hours in the Convento de las Dueñas & leave the hustle or Plaza Mayor behind :) There are a lot of places that I think tourists would like to see that aren't quite on the beaten path. There is all that Spanish tourism bureaucracy to deal with though. Ugh. Thanks again & I'll be checking in from time to time!

    By Blogger Robert, at 12:12 AM  

  • i've been listening to buika's cd on repeat for the past two months...she is absolutely divine. was incredibly disappointed to hear she was in barcelona last week but somehow escaped my cultural radar screen. expectations are high for the next time she cruises into town!

    By Blogger nikkicee, at 9:51 AM  

  • Oh, Nikki, if you like the disc, you won't believe her live. She doesn't record well, in my opinion, which isn't unusual...there's an energy and a guttural soulfulness live the studio just doesn't capture.

    Do you know Concha Piquer (who Alex recommended, above?) I haven't checked her out yet.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 12:26 PM  

  • Robert, yeh I looked at the bureacracy, what I'd have to do with the ayuntamiento/turismo and now isn't the time. Still, next summer I might give it a whirl. Always wanted to do it in Sevilla but don't want to move there at the moment.

    And I do sit for hours on sunny days in the cloister of Las Dueñas. :) Visiting the torture souls, who are on this blog somewhere (in photos that is...)

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 12:32 PM  

  • I recognize that I am almost a year late on this post, but I stumbled upon her this weekend, and in searching for her on the web, came across your blog. I will be in Spain (Alcala) in the fall, so I look forward to roaming around your blog to learn more about Salamanca.

    By Anonymous L. Monique, at 12:20 AM  

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