Nadia Khouri-Dagher - 18/02/2013
BUIKA, Niña del Fuego, Casa limon/WEA
The Spanish revelation of these last years is… a black voice! Buika, born in Palma de Majorca - her parents were from Equatorial Guinea - has snatched the language and music of the country in which she grew up, and offers songs full of pain in flamenco and copla style, often filled with the emotions and feelings of a woman whose life hasn’t always been a bed of roses.
She grew up in a family with an absent father and where young African immigrants had to suffer the racism of their schoolmates, in the poor districts of Palma where the gipsies live, and learned to sing their music … ”I’m Spanish, so I sing flamenco” she answered bluntly when we met her in Paris, a short time ago. She told us that many people – Spanish and others – where surprised to see a black woman singing Spain’s most typical music. Buika sings in Spanish with a voice filled with emotion, though not only flamenco; in this third album she even offers some rancheras, popular Mexican songs made famous by Costarican star Chavela Vargas, which Buika admires very much … Listening to Buika at the New Morning in Paris some months ago was a mind boggling experience. This artist seems to give out all her soul when she sings and her voice knows how to cry with pain, like few other artists did, like Maria Callas, Billie Holiday or Jessie Norman. Buika’s last album was a complete success and won two prizes in the equivalent of the MTV awards in Spain. Today she offers her best album, a treasure, her deepest one, with bare emotions, just like her bare back on the CD cover…Archeologists say that the first man on earth appered in the African continent– it was a woman, Lucy…