After noting in a review the beautiful and mysterious 'unnamed voice' who concludes the film A MATADOR'S MISTRESS a reader was kind enough to comment on the review and inform that the 'voice' was that of Concha Buika (Maria Concepcion Balboa Buika), better known as simply Buika. For this listener she is an astonishing discovery. Born in Mallorca of African parents who had moved to Mallorca as political refugees from Equatorial Guinea, she lived among the gypsies and absorbed by Spanish coplas and while `copla' literally means verse, the term has come to describe a heartfelt ballad in the cando flamenco tradition. Hers is a voice that is smoky, dusky, sensuous and extremely musical. She has made several CDs in which she marries this flamenco music with jazz, rumba, and soul. The result? A performer who communicates form the heart like a gypsy but who is in full control of her vocal gifts.
Once charmed by her presence the listener begins to note that her ensemble in performance with her is exceptional. This CD is a fine mix of traditional copla, some fused with more flamenco and jazz, others with rumba and other Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Buika also adds ranchera to her repetoire with a very slow but effective version of the standard "Volver, Volver" and "Mienteme Bien", composed by Buika herself. She is supported by Javier Limon on guitar and Ivan Lewis on piano. The result is an unforgettable experience, especially if this is the first exposure to the sorcery of Buika! Grady Harp, June 11