Saturday night was a big night for me. But first I'll rewind back to June in Barcelona. My favorite Spanish band, Chambao, (from Málaga, where I spent my first month in Spain) was playing an outdoor concert at Poble Espanyol (probably the most picturesque outdoor concert arena in Barcelona if you ask me), on a hot summer night. Me and a friend had our tickets and I for one was super-duper-excited to go. I have listened to and loved their music for such a long time, and when I first saw the poster hanging around the city, that they were going to play a concert there, I ran to the ticket booth, (...or well, the computer) and bought my ticket.
And then The Stomach Bug made its appearance. I was still set on not letting it ruin my night until there was just one hour left till the concert started and I had to admit defeat. Knowing I was missing out in this concert I was so much looking forward to, made the night a little more unbearable. I was bummed for weeks, thinking that I'd lost my chance to see them live.
See, one great thing about Barcelona, is that there are so many concerts there. When a band, from whatever country decide to tour Spain, Barcelona is almost always one of the few or many destinations. I knew I was moving in a couple months and I also knew that not that many bands would have concerts on the islands. But only three days after arriving Las Palmas I heard that Chambao was coming to Las Palmas on December 8th! I was jumping with joy as I hurried to once again buy my concert ticket.
And finally, Saturday came the day and I got to see them live. I expected it to be good, I mean, their music is fantastic! But they were even more fantastic than I could have imagined. Somehow better live than on disc. Their energy was floating in the air, beautiful, strong energy. Lamari, the vocalist enchanted everyone with her stunning personality. The rhythms and palmas gave me chills down my spine. It's no secret that I love music in general and that music to me makes the world a better place. But some groups stand out to me and to get to see them live makes me float on air for a good while after. I was so filled with happy, good feelings when I left the concert venue and I am so grateful for this new shot at seeing them live.
Chambao plays what they call Flamenco Chill, a mix of Flamenco and electronic music. The combination is a winner! The rhythms are seriously great, and the lyrics so poetic, beautiful and meaningful.
I loved how Lamari said various times "Cuidado! Disfruta la vida!". Be careful- enjoy life.
If you don't know Chambao but are interested in hearing what it's all about I was thinking I'd recommend a couple tracks to start with, but it was hard to choose just a few tracks! There are so many good ones. I have three albums, "Chambao", "En el fin del mundo", and Pokito a Poko". I recommend all of them! And if I had to pick a couple tracks from each it would be:
(From "Chambao") Miedo por Dentro:
Lo Mejor Para Ti:
La Verdad Mentira:
(From "En el fin del mundo") Duende del Sur:
(From "Pokito a Poko") : Pokito a Poko:
Mi Primo Juan: