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|Birth name||Maria Concepción Balboa Buika|
|Also known as||Buika|
11 May 1972 |
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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 is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Buika is a creative survivor, a poet, composer, music producer and considers the role of "mother" her paramount priority. She credits nature and her life’s experiences for her most profound lessons.
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." She has no limitations when interpreting the different genres embodied in her discography, a fact reflected in the variety of her collaborations with musicians and singers whether in Spanish, Catalan, English, French or Portuguese. Her deep conviction is evident in her work 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, Javier Limon...
Buika has collaborated on the sound tracks of several films. Her last experience and also the most remarkable 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.
Having performed in over 22 countries, she has never found language an obstacle. Her audience spans the world and they adore her unique qualities. In 2010, Buika performed 95 concerts and the outpouring of appreciation in places including France, Turkey, Argentina and Mexico among others, stands out.
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.
The arrival of Buika's seventh album 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 ended up easing up”, and producing her first movie based on a tale from her book, "From solitude to hell". Trying to speculate where Buika's professional career will lead is a mystery because, when it comes to Buika there is no script. She is a continuous flow, without interruptions. Her new music will taste like the old in their musical notes, their timing, streaming. Clearly, Buika is here to stay.
Buika's largely self-produced new album, La Noche Mas Larga, recorded in New York and Madrid, came out on June 4, 2013. 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 website recently changed to conchabuikamusic.com.
- Mestizüo, with Jacob Sureda (2000)
- Buika (2005)
- Mi Niña Lola (2006)
- Niña de Fuego (2008)
- El Último Trago, with Chucho Valdés (2009)
- The Skin I Live In soundtrack fixing (2011)
- En Mi Piel (2011)
- La noche más larga (2013)
Awards and nominations
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.) (pending).
- Alice Winkler, "Buika: The Voice Of Freedom", NPR, November 2, 2010.
- Carlos Olivares Baró, "La noche más larga de Buika", La Razón, June 29, 2013.
- Neil Spencer, "Buika: La Noche Más Larga – review", The Observer, June 23, 2013.
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- Official Site
- Betto Arcos, "Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night", NPR, August 31, 2013.
- Sylvia Charry Sepúlveda, "A los artistas el ‘show business’ vino y les pegó en la cabeza" (Spanish), Semana, August 30, 2013.
- Down Beat.
- "Music reviews: Kanye soars, Chrisette Michele belts and Buika croons", New York Daily News, June 18, 2013.
- ABC, June 14, 2013.
- Bill Tillford, "Concert Review - Buika at the Old Town School of Folk Music, June 15, 2013", Timba.
- "Buika esta noche en Town Hall", El Diario, June 13, 2013.
- Louis Michaud, "Buika, diva flamenca" (French), Time Out Paris,
- Camil Sanchex-Palumbo, "Buika Soared at Old Town School of Folk Music", Chicago Magazine, June 18, 2013.
- "Flamenco Sensation Buika Embraces Her 'Animal' Voice", NPR, June 13, 2013.
- "Concha Buika hace soñar a un público rendido a sus pies en Nueva York" (Spanish), EFE, June 14, 2013.