“Maria Concepción Balboa Buika, commonly known as Concha Buika or simply Buika was born in Spain to parents from Equatorial Guinea. Her late father was Juan Balboa Boneke, a politician and an accomplished writer.
Buika first came on my radar 4 years ago, when a friend who worked for NPR sent me a link to an NPR article about her. I was blown away. Here was a Spanish flamenco singer that sounded radically different from other flamenco singers. Her sound was raw, unbridled and full of emotion. Upon finding out about her Equatoguinean heritage, I was even more interested in her music. Primarily because I knew nothing about the Equatoguinean diaspora and I’m always eager to know more about artists in the African Diaspora.
I have now seen Buika in concert five times, but this was the first time that I had been on an assignment to photograph her. These photos are from her Summerstage concert on June 22nd in Central Park, NYC. She’s a phenomenal talent and I implore you to see her live if you can.”
Words & text by Atane Ofiaja.
Concha Buika, je recommande vivement aux amoureux du Jazz, puissant et sauvage, à l’état pur. Un régal pour l’oreille et le poil.
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Thousands of asylum seekers streamed out of Holot detention center in Israel’s south on Friday, with no intention to return. The walk-out is the latest in a series of actions by the prisoners to bring attention to their plight.