1. Not exactly a beginner
You might not have heard of her, but this 25-year old Catalan living in Barcelona is already a big star in Spain. The video for her hit tune Malamente has been watched more than 32 million times, making her something of phenomena. She’s done contemporary dance festivals and released an album Los Ángeles, in 2017. Part of the “new flamenco” movement, she is ruffling traditional feathers by combining this primal music with an indie rock. Vocally the brunette sounds like a cross between the falsetto of Rihanna and the tormented tones of Janis Joplin. With her second album, currently on release, El mal querer, her hybrid charm and timbre seems explodes from deep within. The album, produced by El Guincho (remember the electro hit Bombay played everywhere in the summer of 2014) even reconciles the generations as she mixes the soul of flamenco with R’n’B sonorities, pop and trap. She kicks arse on the dance floor without a single pair of castanets in sight.
“She has the voice of an old school flamenco singer and a wisdom beyond her years. She should be proud of being indefinable.” Pedro Almodóvar