Buika, the Spanish-born singer of African descent, continues to expend her boundaries. On her aptly titled new album,Vivir Sin Miedo (To Live Without Fear), she makes a striking departure from the Spanish raga flamenco, Latin jazz and world music for which she is known, into something best described as global pop. The album’s first single, “Carry Your Own Weight,” performed with Jason Mraz. brings to mind “7 Seconds,” the iconic Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s collaboration with Neneh Cherry, which introduced him to a mainstream American audience in 1996 and remains a classic today. Buika is definitely hoping for a similar response.
Watch the video for the song “Carry Your Own Weight” above.
While “Carry Your Own Weight” reflects Buika’s growing connection to the U.S., where she has been based since 2011, she still remains grounded in the music of her native Spain, collaborating on the song “Waves” with the great flamenco singer Potito.
First introduced to the American audience in 2007 with the album Mi Niña Lola (My Little Girl Lola), Buika has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity and critical acclaim. The new album follows Buika’s 2013 release La Noche Más Larga, which won a Latin Grammy and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album category.
In her work to date, the singer and songwriter has already fulfilled the prediction that Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar made a few years ago when he said, “Seeing her draw from such different genres as coplas, tango, bulerias, bolero, Cuban music and jazz, mix them altogether with such grace and spontaneity, one cannot help but think that there is a brighter future as long as one can witness the boundless evolution of this infinite performer.”
In the spring, Buika will perform material from Vivir Sin Miedo, with a new band, at prestigious concert halls across the U.S., including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Buika's 2016 confirmed U.S. tour dates are as follows:
March 19 - Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
March 24 - Albuquerque, NM - National Hispanic Center
March 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 22 - Miami, FL - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
April 24 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University
April 26 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
May 1 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center