Native Galaxies. Sounds of the planet from the València ship.
By Rafa Cervera. Valencia is a city of cultural mixes. It always has and it always will. This condition echoes in the music that it generates. Music that tastes like the beach, like the port, that opens up to other latitudes with the ease that comes from knowing that we are all made up of bits and pieces of everything, of sounds from here sprinkled with those from there and those from beyond: Africa and the two Americas, North and South, and the Caribbean as well.
Miquel Gil, who was in Al Tall and later founded one of the first local groups to merge rock and world music, knows a lot about that. Sole Giménez, who in her time with Presuntos Implicados gave soul a Mediterranean color, also sails through the Brazilian waters of March, through fado, or copla, while recovering the legacy of women’s voices and signatures.
In the eighties, Jah Macetas embraced reggae as a religion of their own, and in the early nineties Seguridad Social, to the cry of “don’t put out the flame!”, contributed with their mestizo vision of this whole matter that, whether like it or not, it’s always mestizo.
Al Tall, among others, taught us that native folklore has a thousand flavors. As does Reina Roja’s flamenco, one that freshens up by drinking from other styles with no hesitation. Cactus, JazzWoman… new urban sounds that are the evolution of a mixture that flourishes wonderfully well in València.
This city has always been an open, inclusive, welcoming city. Its music is an accurate true reflection of it.
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