World Music at the Opera
Buika Comes to the Israeli Opera
February 11, 2011
The Israeli Opera opens a new World Music series, featuring leading artists from all over the world in four Friday evening concerts that will bring different sounds to the Opera House at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.
Internationally renowned Israeli musician Idan Reichel is the artistic advisor of the series.
The coming concert will feature the renowned Spanish singer Buika in her Israeli debut.
Concha Buika was born Maria Concepcion Buika in Majorca to a family of immigrants from Equatorial Guinea, where they were the only black family. Today she is one of the hottest names in the world music scene today and her recent US tour brought her to the front
pages of newspapers all over the world. Her latest CD, El Ultimo Trago (The Last Drink) was nominated for a Latin Grammy and she will soon be heard on a new Almodovar film.
She grew up singing and playing guitar, piano and bass. She found a second home with the gypsies in Palma and her time with them is echoed in her music. She sings everything from jazz and soul to her very own brand of world music. In her own words: "I am African and African dos not have musical training, an African can't live without music. Like meals, music was a part of our daily life." She turned seriously into singing only because "in Spain nobody wanted a female drummer and I got tired of hearing no. no, no."
Further concerts in the Israeli Opera World Music series:
Richard Bona (Cameron) – April 22
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa) – June 24