Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Strathmore Presents Buika, April 6th

Buika performs at Strathmore, April 6th

From our friends at the Strathmore...

Strathmore Presents Buika

Genre-blurring World Music singer knows no bounds as she blends Spanish, African, island influences

Sensual. Rich. Husky. Layered. Smoky. Raw. All words that have been used to describe “the most haunting voice to be found on either side of the Atlantic” (The Sunday Times) belonging to Buika, making her debut in the Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. Buika’s infectious sound blends the heat of Africa, the soul of Spain, and the lilt of the islands into a style that is all her own, incorporating flamenco, jazz and R&B. Unbound by genre and singing in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese, “A singer like Buika comes only once in a generation” (The New York Post). For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

María Concepción Balboa Buika, or simply “Buika” to her millions of fans, was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the daughter of African parents. She now lives in Miami, Florida. Hailed as a star in contemporary World Music, Buika is blessed with a remarkable voice that has led to collaborations with such musicians as Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Korea, Niño Josele, Maritza, Bebo y Chucho Valdes, Charles Aznavour, Luz Casal, Seal, Armando Manzanero and Nelly Furtado. Her most remarkable soundtrack and film collaboration was in 2011, when Director Pedro Almódovar featured her in his movie La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In), in which she performed “Por el amor de amar” (“For love’s sake”) and “Se me hizo facil” (“I found it easy”).

Her latest album, La Noche Más Larga (The Longest Night), released in June 2013, is her seventh and most diverse project to date.

She has received multiple awards, including Latin Grammys for Best Album and Best Production for Niña de Fuego and Best Traditional Tropical Album for El Ultimo Trago. Buika’s latest CD, La Noche Más Larga was also nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.

NPR listed Buika among the best 50 vocalists of all time and calls her “The voice of freedom.”

Strathmore Presents
Sunday, April 6, 2014
7 p.m.

Tickets $38 - $58 (Stars $34.20 - $52.20)

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.