Reinas del Matute (Nuevos Medios NM 15918 CD, 2010)
The all female Spanish multinational group Las Migas is attracting a lot of attention recently. Their debut album titled Reinas del Matute presents a seductive mix of rumba, flamenco, classical music, boleros, habaneras, jazz, tango and even fado.
Las Migas include Sílvia Pérez Cruz (Spain) on vocals and cajon, Isabelle Laudenbach (France) on guitar, Lisa Bause (Germany) on violin and accordion and Marta Robles Crespo (Spain) on guitar. The album features a large number of renowned Spanish guest musicians from the worlds of jazz and flamenco.
Vocalist Sílvia Pérez Cruz has a captivating voice that gives the group its personality. The best material on Reinas del Matute are the pieces with a deeper flamenco influence. The lyrics are inspired by classic Spanish poets as well as new authors, including Lorca, Alberti, Javier Galiana and Antonio Romera ‘Chipirón.’
Reinas del Matute means queens of contraband (Matute is Spanish slang for smuggling) and the musicians chose this name because they ‘smuggle’ music from one country to another.
Las Migas presented their album recently in Madrid at the legendary Galileo Galilei music club, where they got very positive reviews. They will be showcasing at WOMEX 2010 on Thursday, October 28th of 2010 at offWOMEX (Studio 2) in Copenhagen (Denmark).
With the insightful Reinas del Matute, Las Migas demonstrate why they are one of the rising stars of the Spanish world music scene.
Buy the album: Reinas Del Matute (MP3 download)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.