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Concha Buika

Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger Chucho Valdes is a highly accomplished and influential figure in the world of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz. Born in Quivican in 1941, Valdes is the son of the similarly influential Cuban bandleader Bebo Valdes from whom Chucho first received piano lessons. Having exhibited musical talent from a young age, Valdes eventually enrolled in the Municipal Music Conservatory of Havana, graduating at age 14. Inspired by such jazz pianists as Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk, Valdes quickly formed his first jazz trio and began a fruitful period that found him landing several high-profile performance jobs in hotels around Havana including performing with the Sabor De Cuba Orchestra which was directed by his father. These performances continued throughout the '60s and allowed Valdes not only to perform with the best musicians in Cuba, but begin to formulate his own unique ideas about mixing jazz, classical and Cuban styles of music. In 1970, Valdes and his combo became the first Cuban jazz group to perform abroad after appearing at the Jazz Jamboree International Jazz Festival in Poland.

In 1973, formed the innovative and highly influential Latin jazz ensemble Irakere. The group featured various members of the Orquesta Nacional de Musica Moderna including such stars of the Cuban music scene as trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and alto saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera. With its unique mix of jazz, rock, funk, classical and traditional Cuban rhythms, Irakere was an explosive and creative ensemble that quickly caught the attention of international audiences. Although there have been many compilations of Irakere, it was the band's Grammy winning 1979 self-titled concert album, recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival a year before, that really sparked international interest in the group. Although the band's line-up has changed over the years -- D'Rivera defected to the United States in 1980 and Sandoval (who did not defect until 1990) formed his own group in 1981 -- Irakere continues to perform and record with Valdes and new members.

Although Valdes never left Cuba, the four-time Grammy winning and three-time Latin Grammy winning virtuoso has kept a high-profile touring schedule and in 2006 was named the Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Since the '80s, Valdes has released a steady flow of albums including 1986's Lucumi (Messidor), 1998's Bele Bele en la Habana (Blue Note), 2000's Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note), 2002's Fantasia Cubana: Variations on Classical Themes (Blue Note) and 2010's Chucho's Steps. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
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Mi nina Lola te pone el vello de punta cuando ella la canta.
Salud Y VIVA MEXICO!!! vaya interpetraci o n de CBuika. Hermosa!!!
I love this women I love her song mi niña Lola wow what a song I wish she can come to Indiana
Concha mi vida, no te puedo decir mas. Una pena qie no te vi en el camerino en San Juan. Maestra Concha aqui el maestro Albert.
Tomate una.....y enel ultimo repetimos 3 veces queretano
Ole 3veces queretano
Estoy enamorado de su voz.
Preciosa voz, unica !!!
Muy bonita voz!
jsostre1
Que voz bella tiene esta señora.
mcaryalvarez

Que deleite escuchar tanto feeling!
QUE TALENTO, QUE VIVAN ESPANA Y LOS GITANOS, ES UNA VERDADERA DIVA.
JOSE REYES
You can just tell it's coming out of her heart.
Unbelivable talent, a voice to love.
Love listening to her interpretati o n s . . . . s o heart felt and full of fire!!!!
she is amazing
hectoralfaro b e j a r
An artist that you can listen all day long seven days a week it brings a new mewning to Flamenco fresh up lifting and addictive listen to Conch la buika that is .
hectoralfaro b e j a r
the newest classic cool adictive oxigen for those who love music
Beautiful Beautiful... . . .
churunmeru
AMAZING ARTIST!!!
jesenia.w
Love Concha!!! just saw her in concert yesterday at the Walt Disney Hall in L.A. LOVE her!!!
jrms_27
Saw this woman in concert saturday night!!! She sounded amazing better live than on cd! Incredible. Ole Concha!
chuy-glez
the album El Último Trago (2009), its an homage to mexican singer and composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez,not chavela vargas who is not mexican.
Love Your Music! Beautiful voice would love to see you in concert someday really high on my wish list. Thank you for the quality that you provide to the music industry.
I HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HER! SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE !
WHOA!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! ! !
Fantastica!
theoegeg
Oh my god!!!! This is truly beautiful. I thought I knew music. She blows me away!!!

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