El Ultimo Trago

26 October 2009

"Since the very first time, listening to Buika awakened a commotion within me, a mixture of intensity and emotion; a reaction close to the one Chavela Vargas inspires in me". Pedro Almodóvar Born in 1972 into a family from Equatorial Guinea, Concha Buika grew up alongside a Gypsy community on the Spanish island of Majorca. Hailed by the Spanish and European press as a new flamenco star, and a remarkable newcomer on the world music scene, she is blessed with a remarkable voice described as a blend of Tina Turner, Lola Flores and Sarah Vaughan. Her previous album, Niña De Fuego, released in the UK in June 2008, is still at the top of the world music charts. Concha Buika and Cuba's legendary pianist / composer / multi Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdes here pay tribute to Mexican singer Chavela Vargas's for her 90th birthday. Produced by Javier Limon, El Ultimo Trago (the last drink) was recorded in Cuba last April, and covers Chavela's whole career, including the repertoire performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Buenos Aires Luna Park and Paris' Olympia, as well as the music featured in the films of Pedro Almodóvar's and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's films. TRACKLISTING: 1. Soledad 2. Sombras 3. La Ciudades 4. Cruz De Olvido 5. El Endariego 6. En El Ultimo Trago 7. Se Me Hizo Facil 8. Un Mundo Raro 9. Las Simples Cosas 10. Somos 11. Luz De Luna 12. Vamonos

"Only a tiny minority of musical collaborations have the capacity to acquire magical status. 'El Ultimo Trago' is questionably one of them." UK Vibe Online

"It's the finest flamenco-Cuban fusion since Chucho's celebrated father Bebo recorded with Diego El Cigala." The Guardian