S’Albaida won the IX Concurso Internacional de Folk Cuartu los Valles on July 25. This annual music competition held in Navelgas (northern Spain) is open to traditional and contemporary folk bands from Spain and Portugal. For this year’s edition there were 49 submissions.
S’Albaida gave a 40 minute performance that included music from all its recordings, including the most recent, titled Xalandria.
Other finalists included Ginga (Portugal) and Avelaiña (Galicia, Spain).
The winner gets 1.500 euros and the opportunity to perform at various Spanish music festivals, including Eurofolk, which is held in the southern city of Málaga in August.
S’Albaida, based in the island of Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), plays Mediterranean-inspired music, featuring Menorcan and Balearic folk music combined with Flamenco and North African influences.
More about the band at www.salbaida.com