Concha Buika

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Balboa and the second or maternal family name is Buika.
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Background information
Birth name Maria Concepción Balboa Buika
Also known as Buika
Born (1972-05-11) 11 May 1972 (age 43)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Genres Flamenco
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels Warner

Maria Concepción Balboa Buika (born May 11, 1972, in Palma de Mallorca) known as Concha Buika and by the stage name Buika, is a Spanish singer. Her album Niña de Fuego was nominated for the 2008 Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year and La Noche Mas Larga was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.


Concha Buika was born on May 11, 1972, in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain. She is the daughter of Equatoguinean parents, the late writer Juan Balboa and Honorina Buika, and currently lives in Miami, Florida, USA.

Buika is a poet, composer, music producer and considers the role of "mother" her paramount priority.

It has been said that "Buika combines all the styles along with her emotionally charged lyrics and such broken sensuality in her voice, make her an unparalleled artist."[citation needed] She has collaborated with musicians and singers in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese, with artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Chick Corea, Niño Josele, Mariza, Bebo y Chucho Valdes, Luz Casal, Ivan "Melon" Lewis, "Dizzy" Daniel Moorehead, Jose Luis Perales, Seal, Armando Manzanero, Nelly Furtado, and Javier Limon.

Buika has collaborated on the sound tracks of several films. Her last experience was in 2011, when Director Pedro Almodóvar included two Buika songs in his movie La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In). Buika's songs "Por el amor de amar" (For love's sake) and "Se me hizo facil" (I found it easy) made their first appearance on the big screen.

Buika has performed in more than 22 countries. In 2010, she performed 95 concerts in places including France, Turkey, Argentina and Mexico.

In 2000, Buika began in the music industry with her first album Mestizuo (2000, Producciones Blau S.L.), a presentation in the form of piano and vocals. Later, this was followed by Buika (2005, DRO), and the trilogy produced by music producer Javier Limon, Mi niña Lola (My baby girl Lola - 2006, DRO), Niña de Fuego (Girl of Fire - 2008, Warner), which included her first book of poems, and El ultimo Trago (The last drink - 2009, Warner),

  • An anthology album CD which included her most pivotal songs as well as, some unreleased songs.

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".[1]

Buika's largely self-produced seventh album, La Noche Mas Larga (Warner), recorded in New York and Madrid, came out on June 4, 2013.[2][3] The album contains five of her own compositions, including a collaboration with Pat Metheny on Buika's own composition "No Lo Se", as well as her take on such classic songs as "La Nave del Olvido", "Don't Explain", "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and "Siboney".

Her second book of poems, "To those who loved hardcore women and ended up easing up” came out through group Edaf (Madrid) in the fall of 2014, while she also continued to work on producing her first movie based on a tale from her book, "From solitude to hell".

In the fall of 2015 her 8th album is scheduled for release, the first album containing only her own compositions, recorded over 3 months in Miami, New York, London and Madrid.

Buika's website recently changed to


Concha Buika in Aarhus Denmark 2014
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Awards and nominations[edit]

Buika's albums have received the following awards:

  • Disco de Oro - certified Gold for the album Mi niña Lola, presented by Joaquin Sabina.
  • Best Spanish Song Album: Mi niña Lola (Premios de la Musica, 2007 ).
  • Best Producer: Mi niña Lola, Javier Limon (Premios de la Musica, 2007 ).
  • Germany Visual Critics Award 2007: Mi niña Lola
  • Disco de Oro - certified gold for El Ultimo Trago (Colombia, 2010 ).
  • Latin Grammy Awards 2010: Best Traditional Tropical Album for El Ultimo Trago.

Buika's albums and songs have received the following nominations:

  • Latin Grammy Awards 2008: Album of the Year: Niña de Fuego (2008, Warner/Casa Limon ).
  • Latin Grammy Awards 2010: Record of the Year: Se Me Hizo Facil.
  • Latin Grammy Awards 2013: Record of the Year: La Nave del Olvido.
  • Grammy Awards 2013: Best Latin Jazz Album: La Noche Mas Larga (2013, Warner Music Spain S.L.).

See also[edit]


 4. Hudson, Mark, "La Noche Mas Larga" "The Telegraph July 2013" 
5. Becker,David "Buika digs Deeper" "Feb 2015"
6. Cantor-Navas, Judy "Blue Note Jazz Festival Latin Flavor" "Billboard, April 2015"
7. Smallman, Etan "Concha Buika; The outspoken queen of Flamenco fusion" "The Guardian April 2015"

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