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Buika, the Flamenco Queen at the Irvine Barclay Theatre & Dinner at Chakra

Hailed as the “Flamenco Queen,” Buika is the daughter of political refugees from the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a gypsy neighborhood on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The New York Times calls her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul and blues, “luminous…magnificent…superb!”

Buika has become a true revelation to those who thought flamenco had little left to contribute to Spanish music, and to jazz. Her evident African roots and her cosmopolitanism, developed in clubs in Spain and Americanized during a strange detour to Las Vegas as a Tina Turner impersonator, explain Buika’s rare self-possession. But nothing can quite explain her ability to connect – one of those rare and wonderful “one listen” artists.

Her CD El Ultimo Trago (The Last Drink) made with the legendary Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is a homage to the Mexican singing legend Chavela Vargas. The album was nominated for two Latin GRAMMY awards and won for “Best Traditional Tropical Album.” She recorded a duet with Seal entitled “You Get Me” for his CD Seal 6: Commitment. And she made her screen debut in Pedro Almodóvar’s film La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I’m In).

Tickets: $29-$39 + vip seating; patrons under 30: $18-$26

“In El Último Trago, Buika celebrates all the incarnations of passion, from the most glowing to the darkest. She does so in a thrilling and original way.”
– Pedro Almodóvar

We will have dinner after the concert at Chakra, across the street. Please note in your RSVP whether you would like to join us for dinner.

If we get enough RSVPs we can get a group discount.  I will update everyone as the time approaches.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed Buika's performance, she was entertaining. 3*** because the presentation was more Latin American Jazz than Spanish flamenco. I was not able to flavor Spain nor Flamenco

    November 19, 2012

  • Jonna R.

    We all agreed that while Buika is an amazing singer, she is not of the flamenco genre. She is more of a jazz singer. Incredible voice, entire program was in Spanish. Wonderful participants (as usual!)

    November 18, 2012

  • Judith

    October 24, 2012

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