London, UK – Amparanoia won the BBC Award for World Music in
the category of Europe. The
Madrid-based act is known for its mestizo (hybrid) style. The band is
led by Amparo Mercedes Sánchez, the female force behind Spain’s vibrant
Amparo’s career negan in her native Granada. At 16, she formed her first
band, Correcaminos. She was also involved as a singer with other groups,
playing blues, jazz, rock’n’roll, and soul. Black music was her passion.
But Granada did not satisfy her expectations. At the beginning of ‘93 she
relocated to Madrid to cut her first record Haces Bien with Fábrica
Magnética. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous musicians,
performing blues, reggae, rancheras (traditional Mexican country ballads)
Amparanoia is Amparo’s current project, a band that combines various
Spanish and global styles, creating a hybrid style known as mestizo music.
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.