World-renowned Spanish singer Buika, named one of NPR's "50 Great Voices," will release her highly anticipated book debut on November 17 in the U.S. A limited-edition, self-released project titled "A los que amaron a mujeres difíciles y acabaron por soltarse" (To Those Who Loved Difficult Women and Ended Up Letting Go), the book contains a selection of original poems and stories - all in Spanish - as well as photographs, allowing fans to discover rare personal and intimate facets of this celebrated artist.
Buika will launch the book in the U.S. at the Miami Book Fair International, with a book reading on Thursday, November 20. The book will be available for purchase on Amazon.com, at Books & Books, ConchaBuikaMusic.com, and New York's Blue Note Jazz Club Gift Shop, among other select outlets. The project was released in Spain earlier this month to critical acclaim and she recently appeared at the Puerto Rico Word Festival in Old San Juan. She is currently on a worldwide concert tour.
In 2008, Buika shared her first poems and photographs with the world, to accompany her multi-national bestselling album, "Nina de Fuego" (Girl of Fire). However the release was discontinued due to its "controversial content." In 2014, with "A los que amaron a mujeres difíciles y acabaron por soltarse", the artist goes even further into exploring her deepest desires and fears, bringing the reader closer to her fans than ever been before. Through 18 poems, four short stories, 12 songs (lyrics), and a selection of intimate photos (taken by Buika herself), as well as a foreword by legendary songwriter/producer Desmond Child, the book showcases Buika's unfiltered life: ranging from love to disappointments, delivered in the singer's inimitable fashion.
"I just do what my heart is demanding," reflects Buika. "Sometimes in the music business people do what they think other people will like, but that's a limitation. I just want to be true. I want what Charlie Parker's got - I want eternity."
The snapshots and self-portraits reveal a mysterious side of the multi-faceted artist, exemplifying how prolific she is in both the written word and photography. Her photographs do not just capture the world as it is, but rather as seen through the unique perspective of Buika and her alter ego, Kitailo. The scenes created transport readers to a universe where "Queen Kitailo" directs the activities of her characters. Buika introduces the characters in her book with compassion and tenderness intertwined with anger and rage.
"After reading the content of the book a few times and looking at its photos, I have realized this is the first real in-depth interview I have ever given," states the singer. "Through it, I have been able to revisit my darkest rooms, thanks in part to the empowerment and safety I feel in the 'we', which I believe is the greatest of our shields."
Since her introduction to the American marketplace in 2007 with the album Mi Niña Lola (My Little Girl Lola), Buika (Concha Buika) - based in Miami Beach, Florida since 2011 - has experienced a meteoric rise, earning lavish praise from The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as NPR, which quickly included her in their "50 Great Voices" radio gallery. Her next release, Niña de Fuego (Fire Child), paved the way for relocation to Miami in 2011. After achieving success in Europe, her works were compiled on the 2-CD set, En Mi Piel (In My Skin), to coincide with the Pedro Almodovar movie of the same name in which she appeared. Buika received a "Best Latin Jazz Album" GRAMMY® nomination in 2014 for her latest album La Noche Mas Larga. She has won several Latin GRAMMY® Awards as well. Rare is the artist to garner comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesaria Evora, but Buika has been compared to all of them. The New York Post has said, "A singer like Buika comes only once in a generation."
BUIKA 2014-2015 World Tour
October 23-24 / Fosnavåg konserthus / Fosnavag, Norway
October 25 / Philharmonie Essen, Alfried Krupp Saal / Essen, Germany
October 27 / Gallusova dvorana / ljubljana, Slovenia
October 29 / Oslo World Music Festival, Rockefeller / Oslo, Norway
November 4 / TivoliVredenburg / Utrecht, Netherlands
November 5 / Bozar, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Salle Henry Le Bœuf / Brussels, Belgium
November 7 / Musikhuset Aarhus / Aarhus, Denmark
November 9 / Misty Fest, Centro Cultural de Belém, Grande Auditório / Lisboa, Portugal
November 10 / Misty Fest, Casa Da Música, Sala Suggia / Porto, Portugal
November 14 / Cinemafest 2014, (Boletos gratis) / San Luis Potosí, México
November 20 / Miami Book Fair International / Miami, FL, USA
February 28 / Nourse Theater / San Francisco, CA, USA
March 8 / The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / Washington, D.C., USA
March 12 / Frankfurter Hof / Mainz, Germany
March 14 / Jazzfestival Basel, Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal / Basel, Switzerland
March 20 / Kongresshaus Zürich / Zurich, Switzerland
March 21 / Théâtre du Léman / Geneva, Switzerland
March 23 / Philharmonie, Grand Auditorium / Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
March 25 / Die Glocke - Das Bremer Konzerthaus, Großer Saal / Bremen, Germany
March 27 / Festspielhaus, Main hall / St. Pölten, Germany
March 28 / Kölner Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
March 30 / Laeiszhalle, Großer Saal / Hamburg, Germany