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Artist Profiles: La Negra

La Negra

Flamenco artist Amparo Velasco, better known as La Negra, was born and raised in Alicante (Spain).

La Negra Flamenco has worked with acclaimed flamenco artists José Mercé and Vicente Amigo. She mixes jazz, African beats and Latin groooves with flamenco roots.

In 2006 she released her self-titled debut album, “La negra”, produced by influential musician Javier Limón.

 

 

Discography:

La negra (Casa Limón, 2006)
La que nunca (El Volcán Música, 2012)
Colores (2016)

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La Negra, Radio Cos and Niño de Elche to Perform at WOMEX

Radio Cos
Radio Cos

Spanish artists La Negra, Radio Cos y Niño de Elche are set to perform at world music showcase WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), October 19-23. The three acts are presented by Sounds From Spain, a platform designed to promote Spanish music overseas.

About the artists

Flamenco artist Amparo Velasco, known as La Negra, has worked with artists such as José Mercé and Vicente Amigo. She combines jazz, African rhythms and Latin beats with flamenco roots. She recently released an album titled Colore (Colors).

Vocalists and percussionists Xurxo Fernandes and Quique Peón are Radio Cos, a well-known band from Galicia. They reconfigure Galician traditional music, fusing sounds of the countryside with other elements. They wll be joined by Pedro Lamas on bagpipe and soprano sax, Nikolay Velikov on violin and Xan Pampín on accordion.

Francisco Contreras, known as Niño de Elche, is an unconventional singer and multidisciplinary artist. His compositions combine flamenco vocals and guitar with poetry, improvisation, rock and electronics, among others. His new album is titled Voces del Extremo, (Voices of the Far).

La Negra and Radio Cos will play at the official WOMEX stage at Plaza de la Quintana. La Negra is scheduled for October 21 at 21:00. Radio Cos will perform on and October 22 at 21:45.

Meanwhile, Niño de Elche will appear at Atlantic Stage (Teatro Principal) on October 20 at 22:30, sharing the bill with Nakany Kanté, Narf & Timbila Muzimba, Xabier Diaz and Xarnege.

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Songs of Exultation and sorrow through the Flamenco Prism

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina – De Cerca (Universal Music Spain, 2016)

Flamenco meets jazz in this intimate collaboration between flamenco guitarist Josemi Carmona and jazz bassist Javier Colina. They are joined by Bandolero on percussion and palmas (Flamenco handclap percussion).

Ever since Carles Benavent adapted the bass to flamenco, Spain has produced a series of excellent bassists with a jazz background who adapt perfectly to flamenco. Javier Colina is one of these musicians. Former Ketama guitarist Josemi Carmona provides his own flamenco compositions, including alegrías, seductive tangos and a granaina.

In addition to flamenco and jazz, the musicians venture into the sounds of Latin America, incorporating versions of boleros and salsa songs. Wind instrument master and regular flamenco collaborator Jorge Pardo appears as guest on flute on “El incomprendido” (the misunderstood), a tribute to the late flamenco rumba star Antonio González, “El Pescaílla.”

Even though the majority of the album is instrumental, Spanish soul vocalist Amparo Velasco “La Negra” participates in the classic bittersweet bolero “Verdad amarga” written by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.

Carmona and Colina define De Cerca as an album directed to the heart featuring music that tell stories of joy and heartbreak.

Josemi Carmona was born in Madrid in 1971 within a family of flamenco artists (his father is famed guitarist Pepe Habichuela). He was one of the founders of the groundbreaking flamenco fusion band Ketama. After playing with Ketama for twenty years he worked with artists as diverse as Paco de Lucía, Miguel Bosé, Alejandro Sanz and Rosario. Josemi recorded an earlier flamenco guitar-jazz bass duet album titled “Sumando“, with bassist Carles Benavent.

Javier Colina was born in Pamplona in 1960. He has performed jazz and flamenco and participated in the iconic album “Lágrimas negras” by Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés and flamenco vocalist Diego “El Cigala.”

De Cerca is an excellent collaboration by two of the finest musicians in the world of flamenco fusion.

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