Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spanish Rock and Other Musica Española

When people think of music and Spain, the first word that comes to mind is probably flamenco. And while it's the most well-known of the traditional music from here, it's my least favorite. I'd rather listen to the more up-beat Sevillana, Rumba or Chirigota.  But beyond these centuries old musical styles, Spain has also produced some fine modern music that's well-worth a listen and some groups that are a good addition to your CD collection this holiday season.

Los Planetas are the Godfathers of the Spanish independent music scene, with big sweeping, guitar driven songs and heartfelt sung choruses, showing rainy Manchester can influence sunny Spain.

Ojos de Brujo hail from Barcelona and bring an updated, groovy mix to traditional sounds of Iberia, making it perfect for a party when there's a lull in the conversation.

Chambao from sunny Andalucia follow the fusion formula but with a breezy feel that evokes a warn summer day at the chiringuito in January.

Manu Chao is a Spaniard whose parents fled to France after the Civil War. He now calls Barcelona home where he continues to make great music, mixing forms and languages to infectious beats.

Estopa are two local kids from the suburbs of Barcelona who make feet tapping Rumba Catalan that's sure to get the locals singing along when it comes on in a bar.

My favorite Spanish song ever is Queco's el Borracho that follows the exploits of a man who has had one too many as he searches for the ingredients for a smoke (tobacco, paper and a lighter) and ends up meeting St. Peter and asking where's the bar.

There are, I'm sure more, so if any one has any recommendations, leave a comment.


  1. I looooveee Chambao and Manu Chao!! :)

  2. Agreed.....Chambao and Manu are a couple of my favorites. I also love Amaral and Melendi.