Accompanied by a piano, gorgeously played by Ivan Gonzalez Lewis, and a cajón -- a box-like percussion instrument played by Fernando Favier, Buika sang for two and a half hours. Wow.
The Spanish-born vocalist may not have the cross over fame of Shakira, Thalia or Paulina Rubio, but she has the talent to outshine (and certainly) outsing the entire pack without a need for pyrotechnics or stripper like hip-shaking. A singer like Buika comes only once in a generation.
At one point Buika's smoky vocals soared so high, so big that it seemed that she wasn't just singing to a packed audience on 66th Street -- but to the entire City. If by any chance there were any broken hearts in the audience, this sassy and sexy jazz singer was intent on healing them with her feminist, powerful ad libbing.
Dressed in a form-fitting red jersey silk gown, her long braids clasped by a silk pink hibiscus, Buika started the evening by walking to center stage barefoot. Then, as she stood next to the piano, she poured rum on the stage floor, mouthed a silent prayer, drank a gulp of the liquid and took to the mic. If Buika wished for a successful night, her prayers were answered, and then some.
Buika -- whose parents hail from Equatorial Guinea and settled in Mallorca -- scatted, laughed, and danced singing numbers from her award-winning "La Niña de Fuego" album. Standing ovations followed "Volveras" and "Volver, Volver."
During solos of piano and cajón, she playfully photographed her musicians and she shyfully accepted the audiences hollering and shouts of 'Bravo', 'I love You' and the many, 'Te Amo Buika!'
But it was in moments when she ad libbed to Latin American bolero standards that the audience got a peek into the singer's playful and sassy side. During her rendition of "Volver Volver," for instance, she channeled legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas as she cussed and vowed to go back to 'the house she paid for and sleep on the white sheets she so missed.'
She saved her greatest hit, "Jodida Pero Contenta" (F**cked but Happy) a Spanish language version of "I Will Survive" for last. And her audience lapped it up -- rushing to the stage, standing up singing with her a song of self preservation in the midst of a broken heart.
(infórmación enviada por la manager de Buika)
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