In Spain, she is known as La Niña Pastori, a much-beloved, superstar flamenco and crossover pop vocalist who has sold more than 1 million units over a stellar career since 1995.
Maria Rosa Garcia Garcia was born in San Fernando (Cadiz) in 1978. Taking her artistic name from her mother La Pastori (therefore, La Niña Pastori), the always passionate singer learned the art of flamenco from her mother as she accompanied her to shows around her hometown.
It was pop singer Alejandro Sanz and celebrated Spanish singer-songwriter and producer Paco Ortega who discovered Pastori and launched her career when she was 17 years old with her album Entre Dos Puertos (Between Two Ports). The album sold 100,000 units to a broad range of fans who have stuck with her ever since.
In 2002 Niña Pastori married flamenco percussionist and producer Julio Jiménez ‘Chaboli’.
Esperando Verte and No hay quinto malo are two of the albums that are more flamenco-oriented.
In 2014, Niña Pastori recorded Raiz (Root), a collaborative album with Mexican-American vocalist Lila Downs and Argentine singer Soledad Pastorutti.
* Entre Dos Puertos (1996)
* Eres Luz (1998)
* Cañaílla (2000)
* Maria (2002)
* No hay quinto malo (2004)
* Joyas Prestadas – Loaned jewel (Sony BMG Norte, 2006)
* Esperando verte (Sony, 2009)
* Caprichos de Mujer (2009), greatest hits, 2 CD + DVD
* La orilla de mi pelo – The edge of my hair (Sony, 2011)
* Raiz (Sony, 2014)
Web site: www.pastoriproducciones.com
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.