The Afro-Spanish singer Buika, acclaimed for the raw emotion she tears from a song, bares her soul and her sex in a new book of poetry and photographs. She'll present the book with a flamenco-tinged spoken-word performance at the Miami Book Fair on Thursday, where she'll be accompanied by Spanish cajon master Ramon Porrina.
The intimate Miami date is the last stop this year on an expansive international tour, which will continue on in early 2015. Buika (a.k.a. Concha Buika) will perform at San Francisco's Nourse Theater and the Kennedy Center in D.C. before heading back to Europe.
The iconoclastic singer, known for her dramatic onstage blend of flamenco, jazz and soul, has been compared to Nina Simone, Cesaria Evora and Chavela Vargas. Add La Lupe and Erykah Badu to that like-minded list of original and outspoken artists.
Characteristically, Buika doesn't hold back in the pages of her book, A Los Que Amaron a Mujeres Dificiles y Acabaron por Soltarse, which shows off her literary skill and interest in photography, as both artist and subject. The Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning singer calls the book "the first in-depth interview I've ever given." In it, she records memories and desires, and reveals her naked self -- literally -- in artistic nudes and erotic photos.
The book is available on Amazon.