Artist Profiles: Naike Ponce

Naike Ponce

Singer and dancer Naike Ponce was born in Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cadiz, Spain) and grew up in various cities in southern Spain: Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Sevilla and Utrera. She was discovered by the legendary cantaora ‘La Sallago’, who instilled in her the wisdom of singing from the gut and the heart. Naike has a powerful and versatile voice.

Se received a scholarship from the prestigious ‘Cristina Hereen’ flamenco school, as well as the first prize in the ‘Primer concurso Cantiñas de Cádiz’, the ‘Upcoming Artist Award’ of the The Gran Vía Awards and the first prize in the ‘Concurso por saetas de Torres Macarena’ in Seville.

Throughout her career, she has worked in the best flamenco clubs and festivals in Andalusia. Later, she moved to Madrid. In the Spanish capital, Naike was part of great shows like the musical ‘Cómplices’ and collaborated with top artists such as Jorge Pardo, Estrella Morente, Manolo Sanlúcar, Manolo Soler, Caramelo, Dany Noel, Yelsy Heredia, Isrrael Varela, Piranha, Maria Vargas, Chano Lobato, Pansequito, Rancapino, Matilde Corral, Paco Taranto, and Naranjito de Triana.

In 2019 she toured several times with guitarist Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete.

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Artist Profiles: Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’

Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’

Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’, is an acclaimed guitarist and a successful record producer. Together with Enrique Heredia ‘El Negri’, he was part of the successful and unforgettable band of new flamenco La Barbería del Sur.

‘Paquete’ is a member of one of the great flamenco family lineages, Los Porrina de Badajoz. He’s a multi-talented artist who appeared as an actor in the movie ‘Tierra’ by Julio Meden. Paquete produced two Grammy-winning albums, Tomatito’s ‘Agua Dulce’ de Tomatito and ‘Picasso en mis ojos’ with Diego ‘El Cigala’.

Throughout his career, he has performed with Enrique, Kiki and Estrella Morente; La Tana, Piraña, El Bandolero, Yelsy Heredia, Caramelo, Diego Carrasco, Montse Cortés, Alain Pérez, José Soto ‘El
Sorderita’, and mamny others.

‘Mr. Pakett’ was his great solo project, an album that incorporated a mix of tradiitonal flamenco guitar along with jazz explorations.

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Artist Profiles: Antonia Jiménez

Antonia Jiménez – Photo by Luca Fiaccavento

Guitarist Antonia Jiménez was born in the Port of Santa María (Cádiz). She started learning flamenco guitar with Antonio Villar at a young age. She accompanied Villar singing and dancing at Andalusian tablaos (flamenco nightclubs) and flamenco clubs. Later she moved to Madrid, where she played at the most relevant tablaos and the leading venues in the Spanish capital, accompanying various artists.

Antonia Jiménez has toured the globe accompanying high profile performers such as singers Carmen Linares, Montse Cortés and Juan Pinilla and dancers like Merche Esmeralda, Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Rocío Molina, Manuel Liñán, and Belén Maya.

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Artist Profiles: Antonio Lizana

Antonio Lizana – Photo by Ana Solinis

Saxophonist, singer, arranger and composer Antonio Lizana was born in San Fernando, (Cádiz, Spain) in 1983.

He began sax studies in his native Cádiz and later continued at Musikene in northern Spain.

Antonio Lizana participated in Miguel Blanco’s Afrodisian Orchestra on the Satierismos album (2011). He also collaborated with Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band.

Lizana specializes in the fusion of jazz and flamenco.

Discography:

De Viento ‎(Quartet Records, 2012)
Quimeras Del Mar ‎(Sony Music, 2015)
Oriente ‎(Sony Music, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Maria Marin

Maria Marin – Photo by Noelia Nicolas

Guitarist and singer Maria Marin was born in Utrera, Spain and later moved to the Netherlands. She is a self-taught singer who collaborates in flamenco, jazz and world music projects.

Maria has appeared on various recordings and performed concert tours throughout the Netherlands and other countries (Germany, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and France).

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World Music Central’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, Day 7

Hardwood spiral didgeridoo
JS Bach silk necktie
Bose SoundLink wireless headphones
Men’s Hawaiian aloha ukulele shirt, Made in Hawaii
Bluetooth headphones for kids
Grace Digital Message and Music USB Digital MP3 player
Chilean cactus rainstick, 20″
Aleken Games rock & roll triviologies
LG Electronics Music Flow H7 wireless speaker

Check out our previous 2019 musical gift guides: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5. and Day 6.

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Brilliant Profile of Paco de Lucia

Paco de Lucia – Antologia

Paco de Lucia – Antologia (Mercury, 1995)

This is a magnificent profile of Paco de Lucia, one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

The Spanish composer and guitarist was particularly skilled in flamenco, but crossed over into a range of other styles such as classical, jazz and world music.

His vast archive of music combined technical magic, raw energy, tender emotion and superb melody. From bulerias and tanguillos to tangos and rhumbas, this compilation showcases Paco de Lucia’s virtuosity.

If you can’t make it to Andalucia in southern Spain, this album will give you a flavor! We particularly recommend the tracks ‘Danza Ritual Del Fuego,’ ‘Cepa Andaluza’ and ‘Rumba Improvisada.’

More about Paco de Lucia

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World Music Central’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, Day 6

Native American, deer hide/walnut stained, frame drum 10″
eKids Mother Goose Club Bluetooth sing along portable MP3 player
InterestPrint Jazz Trumpet wrist watch
alilo Honey Bunny Story Teller
Sony All in One Micro music stereo system with wireless streaming
12-pack Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges
Led Flame Speaker Table Lamp with HD Audio and enhanced bass for iPhone/iPad/Android
To Chaim with Love – Jewish Favorites for zither, lap harp

Check out our previous 2019 musical gift guides: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.

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World Music Central’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, Day 5

Continental Drift: world music loops & samples

ZUNON Treble Cufflinks & Tie Clip
Dandelion music note t-shirt
MP3 Player with Bluetooth, 32GB Clip with FM radio wired earbuds
The Simple Music Player – MP3 music box for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
ZEALOT S8 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker with silicon sling cover
Guitar Scales Bible: an encyclopedia of 30+ unique scales and modes, including 125+ practice licks
LEKATO Kalimba 17 keys
SoundBot SB210 LED Bluetooth 4.1 wireless smart beanie headset
Electric Guitar Heartbeat premium hoodie sweatshirt

Check out our previous 2019 musical gift guides: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 and Day 4.

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Flamenco Jazz Masters Benavent, Di Geraldo and Pardo Release “Flamenco Leaks”

Benavent, Di Geraldo and Pardo – Flamenco Leaks

Flamenco Leaks is the new musical project of three great Spanish flamenco jazz musicians: Carles Benavent (electric bass), Tino di Geraldo (drums) and Jorge Pardo (saxophone and flute). Flamenco Leaks is their third album overall and second studio recording.

Back in 2000, the trio released their now legendary El Concierto en Sevilla (Concert in Seville).

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