The transcendental and sensual singing of BUIKA, described as the voice of freedom in NPR list of the 50 great voices in recorded history, knows no boundaries in terms of language or geography. Winner of the Latin Grammy Award and twice American Grammy Award nominee, María Concepción Balboa Buika, a.k.a BUIKA, born on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain, is known as one of the most sincere and exposed vocalists of our time who through her art creates multidimensional bridges over cultural, ethnic as well as gender differences.
Moving freely between cultures and languages, BUIKA’s artistic expression goes beyond her Spanish mother tongue and the flamenco landscape of her upbringing to include Catalan, English, French, Portuguese, Persian, Italian, Armenian and even Hebrew. Over the years, she collaborated with a variety of master artists such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Seal, Nelly Furtado, Jason Mraz, Apparatjik, and father and son Bebo and Chucho Valdés. Pedro Almodovar’s film, El Piel Que Habito features two of her songs (as well as a brief guest appearance of BUIKA) and Carlos Santana’s new album, “Africa Speaks” (to be released by June 7, 2019), features her recent collaboration with the iconic music artist.
BUIKA’s first performance in the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat and third time in Israel is part of her current international tour accompanied by an all-women band that includes African, European, American, Asian and Latin origin musicians. Featuring key elements of flamenco with a deep jazz sound and accentuated by a variety of musical influences such as reggae, world music, soul, R&B, funk, and afro-pop beat, her performance encompasses an extensive spontaneous and unique repertoire aimed at those who are willing to rise above all fears, let go, and give in to the music.
“Though compared to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, she sounds like no one but herself.” (Los Angeles Times)
Yoon Mi Choi Keyboards
Porcia Rogers Bass
Nicole Glover Saxophone
Yissy Garcia Drums
Photography: Alvaro Villarubia
Duration of the show: 75 minutes