From classical, jazz, world and acoustic folk stylings, it was a musical melting pot of different production beds created today in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center. While I was working on an underwriting spot for the LA Phil's 2010-2011 Disney Hall concert season, I came across an artist that I had lost track of. Afro-Spanish singer Buika will be starting her first major North American Tour in the Fall of 2010, including 21 cities October 15 – November 20, 2010. She will be performing at Disney Hall on November 10, 2010. Buika’s band during her 2010 North American Tour includes Buika on vocals; Iván “Melon” Lewis on piano; Dany Noe on double bass; and Fernando Favier on percussion. Her newest CD “El Ultimo Trago” (The Last Drink) honors Mexican music legend Chavela Vargas.
Buika is one of the most unusual Spanish artists around. This singer, born on the island of Mallorca to African immigrant parents from Equatorial Guinea, 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 developed in clubs in Spain and Americanized during a strange detour to Las Vegas as a Tina Turner impersonator. But nothing can quite explain her ability to connect – one of those rare and wonderful “one listen” artists. "El Ultimo Trago" (The Last Drink), is first and foremost a tribute to Chavela Vargas, released in October 2009 as the equally beloved and belligerent Mexican singer celebrated her 90th birthday. Buika reinvents the repertoire that Vargas has built over her entire career. “Las Ciudades” (The Cities), “Las Simples Cosas” (The Simple Things), “Sombras” (Shadows), and “Luz de Luna” (Moonlight) are some of the songs that Chavela has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Buenos Aires’ Luna Park, Olympia Theatre in Paris, as well as in Pedro Almodóvar’s and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s films. In the CD, Buika reinvents these Mexican standards, creating a kind of “tequila tablao” – as Spanish as it is Mexican, and as old as it is new.