Flamenco goosebumps: Buika at Herbst Theater


Large portions of my life have been chronicled by music. Chopin waltzes from when I was starting to learn piano, Iron and Wine from my college Seattle days, and this summer, Spanish flamenco singer Buika. Sam Love and I have had her music playing literally non-stop, whether it’s while we’re editing photos, having dinner parties with friends, or driving north to Point Reyes for a hike. We’re totally addicted.

But the discovery of Buika and her sultry music came at random one evening when we were curled up on the couch watching the very disturbing Almodovar film The Skin I Live In. (The perfect choice for inducing super-creepy dreams). Buika makes a cameo in the movie, singing at a holiday party.

Although the movie was too scary for my tastes (too much chopped liver, thank you very much!) we Googled the beautiful voice that stood out from all the mayhem. It was Buika. And after a month of total immersion in her music, we found out she was coming to SF for a concert, and we knew we had to go.

Ok. So here it goes. I’ve been to many, many, live concerts. Big shows, small shows, even tiny living room shows. Buika’s concert on Friday night was the most amazing performance I’ve ever been to. I cried throughout the whole show and had a permanent layer of goose bumps frozen over my skin. Buika sings with every inch of her body, her voice wrapped in warmth and passion. She mixes her African and Spanish roots together to create music that is unique, but also traditional and classic in a way that enables everyone to easily connect with her music. Buika has the energy of Janis Joplin on stage, a burning fire that is truly magnificent.



I discovered BUIKA in the same way as you, but i´m a really fan of Almodovar´s movies. I love Buika´s voice, but I live at México, is difficult that she comes here to give a concert =( ... so ... thank you for the impressions of the concert ;D

Posted by Guest on Nov. 21, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

I too was fortunate enough to have been in Buika's presence this past weekend at Luckman Theatre on Saturday night the17th of November and I am certain this concert was just as amazing as the one in SF. It was amazing, amazing....goosebumps all night. Much to my surprise, I somehow made it back stage (I knew I had to meet her and not sure how it actually came true, but it did) and I am still trying to come down from the high of meeting her. I have to say that she did not sing one of my favorites "No Habra Nadie en el Mundo". When I spoke to her, I said "Buika, there will be no one to sing like you". She hugged and kissed me and said, "oh mi niña, I forgot to sing it, oh my” (as she held her hands to her face in disbelief), and then I proceeded to sing her the song and she started singing with me for two full verses of the song backstage and a capela; a truly epic moment in my life. She has the most beautiful, genuine, and non-pretentious soul; someone you could sit down with at any place, upscale or not, (though I believe she'd prefer not upscale as I too would) and have a cup of coffee or glass of wine. I sing in an all female voice and percussion band named Mala Maña, and this woman is my inspiration. Thank you for the beautiful description of our Buika! She will warm hearts for a lifetime!

Posted by Lupe Mendoza on Nov. 21, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

It is indeed a wonderful thing to be touched by music, whatever gives you the goosebumps.

But please please please, out of respect for all the great flamenco artists past and present, please don't refer to Concha Buika's output as "flamenco".

Posted by Guest on Nov. 21, 2012 @ 11:07 pm
Posted by Lupe Mendoza on Nov. 22, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

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