Mestisay is a popular group in Spain’s Canary Islands. They were innovative experimental and eclectic while maintaining a strong connection to their folk traditions. Their lyrics were evocative of life’s special quality on these islands steeped in a unique mix of Spanish and transatlantic with a flavor of Africa borne on the dry wind that comes in from the East.
The album La Rosa de los Vientos (the rose of the winds) is like a kaleidoscope of all those traditions that have influenced the culture of the Canary Islands: among others Portuguese fado African percussion and Cuban bolero. Through their songs Mestisay gives homage to such artists as Ellis Regina Astor Piazzolla and Mercedes Sosa.
La Rosa de los Vientos features the track Sangueo an original from Equatorial Guinea which was translated with the help of â€œHijas Del Sol” (The Daughters of the Sun) Piruchi and Paloma.
In some of their albums the group explores the strong ties of the Canary Islands with countries in the Americas with a large number of immigrants from tghe Carty Island such as Venezuela and Cuba.
The group is led by renowned vocalist Olga Cerpa.
Canciones de las dos orillas (CCPC, 1989)
El cantar viene de viejo (Manzana, 1992)
Querido Néstor (CCPC, 1994)
La Rosa de los vientos (Nubenegra, 1996)
Viento de la isla (EMI-Odeon, 1998)
Mestisay (Sintonia, 2001)
Canciones del Sur (Ibermemory, 2003)
Toda una vida (2005)
Poeta en la isla (Factoria Autor, 2006)
Querido Néstor II (2006)
El Cabaret del Capitan Varela (La Central, 2008)
Pequeño fado y otras canciones de amor (La Central, 2009)
Atlantico Radio (Mestisay, 2012)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.