After the whole sale tag is hung on Parties In the United States, Argentina, Mexico or Spain, the Motomami tour around the world Rosalia Closes in Paris next Sunday. Here are five facts about the Spanish singer, the young flamenco talent who is becoming a global pop star in 2022.
Although she remains her biggest inspiration, Rosalia is not limited to flamenco. Without gypsy origins, Rosalía Vila Tobella – her full name – discovered the genre during her childhood, Catalonia Citizen, thanks to friends of Andalusian origin.
The like is instant. In 2017, her debut album “Los Ángeles”, in which she sang alone accompanied by a guitar, incorporated her into the traditional genre. But despite the great success, the album does not give him international recognition.
Still inspired by flamenco, Rosalía never turns her back on other genres, a duality essential to her discography.
– From ‘money queer’ to stardom –
At the age of 25, her second work, Money Queer (2018), launched her to international stardom.
The album, which won Album of the Year at the Latin Grammys and took home three other awards that year, reflects on Rosalía’s Spanish and flamenco imagery, accompanied by more voluntarily pop and dance tunes.
Among the hits are his seminal “Malamente” (160 million views on YouTube) or “Pienso en tu mirá” (89 million views).
Divided into eleven songs, this concept album, which began as a final-grade project for Rosalía, narrates the stages of a toxic love affair, inspired by the anonymous medieval work “Flamenca”. As the seasons pass, the protagonist, personified by the singer, progresses towards liberation.
– duet with J Balvin –
Ozuna, The Weeknd, Bad Bunny or Travis Scott… Rosalía dares any duet with urban music’s biggest stars. But if there’s ever been a standout collaboration in his musical oeuvre, it’s the one he did with Colombian J Balvin.
The song, titled “Con Altura,” was released in 2019 and today has more than 2,000 million views on YouTube. It was one of the Spanish’s first international collaborations and one of their first reggaeton hits.
Following its influence, the song reveals these little references to flamenco, such as “I hold a camarón (de la isla) in the glove box”, and Latin music with the verse “I lay my palm on the guantanamera”.
– “Motomami” or how to reinvent yourself –
“I feel like I did ‘Motomami’ and said exactly what I wanted to say and do it my own way. There’s no going back after that,” he told the US edition of Rolling Stone magazine in mid-December.
Released in March 2022, “Motomami” has been well received by critics and audiences. The butterfly becomes a symbol of this record, a symbol of transformation, as Rosalía herself sings in “Saoko”: “Butterfly, I transform myself”, “I oppose myself”, “I am everything”.
Pop, reggaeton, hip-hop, electro, jazz… The album covers all genres. The content of this third opus is undoubtedly the most intimate. Rosalía addresses sexuality, feminism, spirituality, or self-love.
– Almodóvar and Pegas Luna? –
Rosalía’s voice and songs, but it’s also a very careful aesthetic associated with Spain, present in her clips, album covers, and concerts.
Some of his videos are nods to Bigas Luna cinema or the film by Pedro Almodóvar, with whom he worked playing a short role in “Dolor y gloria” (2019). The music video for “Juro que” shows the influence of “Volver” in the colors and textures.
The video for “Pienso en tu mirá” begins with a shot of a doll dressed as a flamenco dancer, the clip for “Say My Name” is inspired by Goya’s “La Maja vestida”, and in one for “Malammente” it shows Nazarene, a figure of Spanish Holy Week, riding a board Ski.
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