Rosalía, the young singer who has revolutionized flamenco and is one of the sounds of 2019 according to the BBC

adminJanuary 8, 2019

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"It may be flamenco Rihanna," told the Sonar Music Festival director New York Times.

Flamenco music has never been shown on British music charts, but a 25-year-old girl is changing this trend.

Spanish singer Rosalía has managed to create one new musical style that mixes vocal melismas and palms flamenco with sounds from hip-hop.

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His innovation has earned him the fifth place in the category of songs in recognition of the BBC's doing Musical sound of 2019 And it highlights artists who will be trend.

Rosalía Vila Tobella was born in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Spain, and it is already a success in the UK.

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The success of his music has given him the opportunity to work on projects with famous artists such as Pedro Almodóvar.

His debut was in 2017 in Los Angeles, where he lived for 67 weeks on lists of albums in Spanish.

it strange mix that the young woman makes of the oldest traditions and the modern tendencies "has revolutionized the flamenco" must write the Spanish newspaper Vanguard.

Her video "De Plata", where Rosalía makes complex flamenco movements on aesthetically attractive background, has more than four and a half million visits to YouTube.

Her style has already attracted the attention of rapper Pharrell Williams, who has invited her to record an album with him in Los Angeles and Spanish film director and Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar, who has invited him to participate in his next film, " Dolor y Gloria, where Penelope Cruz will also perform.

But it's been his second job, "The bad will", the one who has caught the attention of international audience.

Inspired by a 13th-century Occitan novel, "La flamenca", the album has earned it Five Latin Grammy nominations, where the song "Malamente" won the prize for the best alternative song and the best urban song.

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With Latin pop on the rise and a great label that supports it, 2019 can be a year of success for the Catalan star.

The BBC interviewed her.

First of all, congratulations on becoming one of the musical sounds of 2019 for the BBC.

Thanks! I am very happy I discovered a lot of music thanks to listening to the BBC, but it has been quite surprising to be able to get somewhere in this list.

How was your interest in music born?

I always had a connection to music. No one in my family was dedicated to that professional, but like all little girls I used to sing and dance all the time. Whatever it was that was played on the radio or on television, I repeated it. I dont know why.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, a small town near Barcelona. My house was close to the countryside, so there was a lot of nature around me, but there were also all the factories surrounding my town. It has conditioned me a little.

Yes, I can feel it in your music. In the song& # 39;From& # 39; There are many acoustic sounds, but also the motor of a motorcycle.

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Rosalía won two awards at the latest edition of Latin Grammys.

Exactly. I always liked motorcycles and cars when I was a kid. I don't think it's a sound I can't use to make music.

Have you always approached the composition of songs like this?

I was obsessed with flamenco when I was 13 and it is my base, but I always try to approach and understand other types of music and cultures. I grew up with Tupac Shakur, but I also loved Wagner and Chopin.

So even though the acoustic influence was great when I started singing flamenco, I wanted to experiment with other melodies and rhythms, because I'm very related to urban music.

Was it easy to combine the two?

It was very natural. I had everything in my ear and in my mind, all the different sounds that are generally synonymous with absence. As in flamenco, no one believed that these sounds could coexist in the same place and at the same time.

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The singer is already part of the poster of festivals such as Coachella and Primavera.

What inspired the story from the album "El mal querer"?

The first thing I had clear was the title, it was during my last year at the university. I wanted to explore the love of the bad, love of passions. You know things like domination, the dark side of love.

And I wanted to make an album where each song could be a chapter, almost so you could "read" the album. So maybe if you listen to song number three, you might do it differently because you know what happened in chapter two. So I started looking for references, browsing books to find traditional letters.

How did you discover & # 39;Flamenco& # 39;?

By chance I had coffee with a friend, and he said, "Have you read this book?" and it took me attention because the story was about a woman who falls in love with a man who proposes marriage, but then he becomes super crazy, jealous and imprisoned. I linked so much with that story that I felt I could compose the structure, chapters, around that idea. It was perfect.

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His music is accompanied by mixed flamenco dance and modern dance.

Was it a challenge to channel all that anxiety and vulnerability and aggression?

For me, just writing with a male voice or thinking of a female voice for this particular story was already very interesting. I tried to find different ways to use my voice, I worked with a gender of girls and flamenco singers with a very aggressive style.

I wanted to find different ways to approach this flamenco inspiration and electronic sound, but with voices like a center.

The melodies usually have an Arab touch. Is it something common in flamenco?

Flamenco is connected to so many types of music. It has Jewish, Arabic, Russian, Spanish culture … It is also linked to African music because it has rhythms of "amalgam". You'll find everything in flamenco. That's why it's so beautiful.

flamenco also is closely related to dance Are your performances as physically strenuous as they look?

I think so. For me it is a connection: the freer my body is, the better my voice sounds.

I used to sing in tables, these traditional places where flamenco is played, and I used to see how the dancers moved. I have always been aware of all the details. I also studied guitar. I'm not a flamenco guitarist because it's very difficult, but I've been studying for a long time just to understand the chords and the harmony.

Your videos pay tribute and at the same time deconstruct the cultural and religious symbols of Catalonia. Can we talk about it?

My parents are not religious, but my grandmother was. He took me to church on Sundays, and I remember the music and the weight of morality. When I use these pictures, I'm not trying to apologize or criticize. It's about putting something on the table that is related to my experiences and culture, and I'm trying to use visual metaphors to help me better understand my music.

There is a moment in& # 39;I think of your appearance& # 39;where you act between two movable trucks. Every time I see it, I'm worried about running over.

The same thing worried me when we filmed it! I had to rely on the team and I managed to survive! But I love taking risks everywhere, from my music to my videos.

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