Voted one of world’s “50 Great Voices” by NPR, Buika—born on the island of MaJorca to African immigrant parents—has emerged as a true innovator, a must-see artist among jazz aficionados. Her evident African roots and her cosmopolitanism, developed in clubs in Spain and Americanized during a surreal stint in Las Vegas, explain Buika’s rare self-possession. But nothing can quite explain her ability to connect, in spite of the fact that she sings nearly exclusively in Spanish—Buika is simply one of those rare and wonderful “one listen” artists.
Buika, who won a Latin Grammy for her last release (El Ultimo Trago, a collaboration with Chucho Valdes) releases her new CD La Noche Más Larga (The Longest Night) on June 4th via Warner Music Latina. The new release features five original songs, a flamenco jazz version of the Billie Holiday classic “Don’t Explain” and a special guest appearance by Pat Metheny.
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