Zahara – In Concert At Contempopranea 2019 – recorded on July 18, 2019 –
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Zahara to end out the week. A dose of Spanish Indie tonight in concert at the annual Contempopranea festival in Albuquerque, Spain and recorded on July18, 2019.
Joining the likes of Russian Red, Anni B Sweet, and Alondra Bentley, Zahara was part of the new wave of Spanish indie folk, female singer/songwriters that emerged during the late 2000s. Born Maria Zahara Gordillo Campos in Jaen in 1983, she wrote her first song at aged 12 and after studying music both at the Conservatorio de Musica de Ubeda and the Universidad de Almeria, she released her debut album, Dia 913, in 2005. In the same year she teamed up with the Applebite’s Alfonso Alcala and Pablo Garcia to record an EP influenced by the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and Death Cab for Cutie under the name Zahara Electrica. Featuring the official Vuelta Ciclista an Espana anthem, “Merezco,” her sophomore album, La Fabulosa Historia De… was released in 2009, and was followed in 2011 by La Pareja Toxica. Zahara also appeared on the “Ay Haiti” charity single, collaborated with Love of Lesbian for an Antonio Vega tribute album, and starred as a cheerleader in the film La Mujer America.
In 2013 Zahara made the first jump to the international market thanks to a collaboration with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), which led to several concerts in the United Kingdom accompanied by LIPA students.
In case you aren’t familiar with her, here’s the perfect chance; a stellar performance at the 2019 Contempopranea festival. Sadly, she had a full schedule of concerts and festival appearances slated from Spring until Winter of this year. But with the current state of COVID-19 and all postponed and cancelled concerts and festivals, this post may be the only performance you’ll get to hear of hers for a while.
In which case, it would be a good idea to crank this one up