The Spanish singers/groups here are Dulcina´s favs and here you can listen to some of their songs, the ones she likes the most, maybe not the best known in the world.
Luz Casal http://luzcasal.es/
On November 11, 2009, she was awarded Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the hands of French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand in Paris.
She is no prophet in her land…
Luz Casal was born on November 11, 1958 at Boimorto, a village in La Coruña (Galicia). She grew up in neighbouring Asturias, took singing, piano and ballet classes, and moved to Madrid to pursue a career as a musician.
She became famous in the early 1980s, and remained an important figure in Spanish pop music all through said decade and beyond, with her sound gradually maturing towards soft adult pop. She recorded a cover version of Étienne Daho’s French language song “Duel au Soleil” in Spanish called “Un nuevo día brillará”, which became a hit song.
In 1992 she enjoyed great success with her appearance in the soundtrack of Pedro Almodóvar’s acclaimed film Tacones Lejanos singing Agustín Lara’s theme “Piensa en mí”.
In January 2007, Luz Casal was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent an operation at the Ruber Clinic in Madrid. Seven months later, she revealed to the Spanish media that she had overcome her disease.
Her first name, Luz, means “light” in Spanish.
“Entre mis recuerdos”
The lyrics of this song are taken from a poem by Rosalía de Castro. Her poetry is marked by “saudade”, an almost ineffable combination of nostalgia, longing and melancholy. Relative poverty and sadness marked her life, although she had a strong sense of commitment to the poor and to the defenseless. She was a strong opponent of abuse of authority and defender of women’s rights. She suffered from cancer of the womb and died of this illness.
The best Spanish band in my opinion. Carlos Goñi is unique and I love all his music, the way he plays the guitar and the harmonica, his lyrics and his feeling. Carlos Goñi is the “Spanish Boss”, yeah!
Formed in Valencia, Spain, in 1988. Since then, the band has released 8 studio albums, three basic albums (unpluggued live recordings), and some compilations. Revólver is a personal project of Carlos Goñi, who writes the music and lyrics, sings and plays the guitar and the harmonica. The rest of the components change every few months or years.
“Besaré el suelo por ti”
Miguel Bosé http://www.miguelboseonline.net/
Miguel Bosé was awarded by the Spanish Government with the Fine Art Merit Gold Medal 2008 in the category of music. A new recognition to the countless list of prizes which confirm him as one of the biggest icons of Spanish American Culture. On October 27th will be given the Fine Art Merit Gold Medals 2008. These awards, given by King Juan Carlos, distinguish those people and entities who stand out because of their services to promote and spread the art, the culture and the artistic heritage.
His debut on TV April 26, 1977
“Creo en ti”
Pasión Vega http://www.pasionvega.info/
From an interview:
–Your beginnings as a singer are connected with the traditional Spanish folk songs, but over the years, you started to change styles experimenting with ballads, boleros, light song, operetta, opera. What took you down this path? Was it a desire to experiment or because you wanted to avoid being stereotyped?
– It was because I wanted to feel free and to be able to express myself through my voice, but also through different styles. Why be limited to a single style? There are feelings that are expressed better in one style than in another and I try to choose the best one in order to express myself best. When it comes to music there are no iron bars; it’s is something wide open. But of course I am limited by the limitations of my own voice. But you can always find the way to adapt to any style.
One night the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez
and the poet Félix Luna composed
“Alfonsina y el mar”.
It was in memory of the poet Alfonsina Storni
who at the age of 46,
suffering from cancer and severe depression
following the deaths of three of her closest friends,
she committed suicide by walking into the sea
at Mar del Plata in Argentina.
The song is based on the last poem that she wrote,
“Voy a dormir” (I am going to sleep)…
Dientes de flores, cofia de rocío,
manos de hierbas, tú, nodriza fina,
tenme prestas las sábanas terrosas
y el edredón de musgos escardados.
Voy a dormir, nodriza mía, acuéstame.
Ponme una lámpara a la cabecera;
una constelación; la que te guste;
todas son buenas; bájala un poquito.
Déjame sola: oyes romper los brotes…
te acuna un pie celeste desde arriba
y un pájaro te traza unos compases
para que olvides…
Gracias. Ah, un encargo:
si él llama nuevamente por teléfono
le dices que no insista, que he salido…
(October 24th, 1938)
“Alfonsina y el mar”
Joaquín Sabina http://www.jsabina.com/es/home
“La canción más hermosa del mundo”
La noche que cambió su vida fue el día que empezó a elegir su propio destino, hace tres años. Tenía su actuación número 3.652.937 como bailaora flamenca pero con un impulso, inexplicable como la mayoría de sus impulsos, le dijo a su guitarrista: “También voy a cantar”. Y, él, incrédulo, preguntó: “¿El qué?”. “Pues lo que sea”.
La Shica grew up in Ceuta — the Spanish enclave in North Africa. As a teenager, she headed to Madrid to study flamenco at a top dance school.
Then, she joined the troupe of a world renowned flamenco dancer. Through an interpreter, La Shica told us that mastering the fundamentals of flamenco gave her the confidence to then create her own style.
La Shica: “She said she’s been working in the flamenco world since she was 17 and she started with classical flamenco, but she developed and this is her. She doesn’t feel anymore comfortable with the traditional flamenco style, with the dresses and everything. And so, she has done the flamenco that’s her own. This urban flamenco with short hair and golden tapping shoes.”
At one recent show, La Shica sported a slinky black shift decorated with the glitter-embossed logo of heavy-metal band AC/DC.
And where most flamenco performances occur in an intimate room for a smallish audience, La Shica’s shows are more like rock concerts.
She’s got smoke machines, elaborate lighting, and backing singers who also dance. In Spain, there are plenty of critics who believe that La Shica’s music has little to do with flamenco.
But given La Shica’s punk attitude, she’d probably just shrug that criticism off.
The music of Spain’s La Shica closes out our show today.
More Spanish voices and songs soon to come…