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Rosalia’s career, which turns 30 this Sunday, continues to break canon with “Malamente” and revolutionize flamenco conventions and give them a pop element.
Perhaps his penchant for flamenco was his most surprising feature, when still far from “El Madrileo” c. After collaborating with Tangana on songs such as “Before I Die”, he released “Los Angeles” in 2017, his debut album, The Hand of a Ral Refri that came from working with Sylvia Pérez Cruz or Kiko Veneno.
Many then attributed the achievements of that disc to twelve quiet songs, vocals and guitar around the theme of death to the producer. “She was the one who was clear about what album she wanted to make and who investigated looking for these cantons”, she improvised from her record company at the time, which would release her into theaters after it became word of mouth. Filled up hours.
“You Sing Like an Old Lady”, Pepe Habichuela would blurt out, while the album led to the belief that a new disciple was riding on Quizio, though there was also a significant section within the world that didn’t stop her from seeing an intruder. was. didn’t really sang like a singer
Two years later a song broke into the Spanish music scene, without understanding the twist of the script being produced by Catalan: “Malamente” blew away any assumptions about the artist. Memories of flamenco, the influence of commercial pop, infiltration into the booming world of trap, and a poignant video clip ignited him in musical history.
The ‘boom’ of “Badley” would be just appetizer. Under the pretext of a final year project and inspired by the 13th-century Occitan novel “Flamenca”, Rosalia blends the urban aesthetic of her teenage years with her devotion to the cant zondo of sacred tablaes in “El mal queer” with listening to music in car parks. joined together. “(2018), a milestone that caught the attention of the public around the world.
Songs such as “Pienso en Tu Mira”, “Di mi Nombre” or “Baghdad” told the story of an abusive relationship that earned them a platinum record, two Latin Grammys and a Grammy for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album”. “After getting the ad on the billboards of Times Square.
However, there were other opponents who accused it of “cultural appropriation” for taking on characteristics of Andalusian culture, and especially for gypsy slang and symbology.
“It is not that I am specifically attacked, but rather the position of those who are fortunate, as I have, to study music, which is the music I wanted,” Rosalia said in an interview. in which he defended himself in criticism and in which he also referred to his desire to publish “a song in which one walks, in which one dances”.
Wishes will come true in 2019 with the release of “Con Altura”, which, by the hand of Jay Balvin, will open the doors to clubs in Spain and Latin America and lead him to a torrent of releases, a collaboration between The Weeknd and Tokischa. Or with the EP “Fucking Money Man” (2019), where two songs warned of the light and shadow of fame and wealth.
Progressively, Rosalia began to move more and more firmly into Latin urban territory, dropping a good number of hits such as “Yo x ti, t x mi” with Ozuna or “La noche de noche” with Bad Bunny. With experimental music in collaborations such as “Barefoot in the Park” with James Blake without stopping flirting.
The singer’s silence, broken by occasional singles, predicted the recording of an album that was long to come. It would not be until late 2021 when the singles “Hentai” and “La Fama” speculated that their sound was giving off the flamenco influence that manifested in symbolic performances such as Goya 2019, where it replaced the Los Chunguitos song “Me”. covered. Quedo to”.
Although the singles differed significantly from each other and did not respond to the concept of an album, the publication of “Motomi” in March of this year made “El mal queer” a tremendously catchy, spectacular and urban album. , raw at times, gentle at others, and able to sum up all their influences, from Cameron de la Isla to Kanye West, including Hector Lavo’s salsa and Rihanna’s pop.
The album’s emergence, whose title is synonymous with strength and empowerment, has garnered best reviews internationally, has received 9 Latin Grammy nominations and embarked on a “tour” that successfully covers the world. And that will culminate in December with all the ticket sales in Paris.
“Despecha”, which premiered on the full tour, has been her latest “hit” with beats that flirt with Mambo and that echoes at parties this summer, once again in a huge, impressive and avant-garde style. confirms this as a source of work. Life of only 30 years and further.