Marina Heredia, last week in Madrid.Samuel Sánchez
The publicity prior to its release says that
(Universal), the album that Marina Heredia (Granada, 41 years old) has just published, is the transformation of the Granada-born cantaora into a Latin singer.
However, despite certain approaches to salsa, bolero and ranchera, the album breathes flamenco essence.
"It's just that I am", asserts the cantaora almost in a vindictive tone.
And he adds: “Flamenco is not a pimple that they take away from you and that's it.
I will continue to be flamenco all my life, but artists must have the freedom to express what we feel and how we feel ”.
By its title, it would imply that the new album, first since in 2014 he released the live show
A mi tiempo,
is the result of a whim.
Heredia emphatically affirms that it is nothing temporary: "Many of the whims that I had for a long time have been captured here, yes, but they are dreams that I have now allowed myself the luxury of fulfilling."
Among those many dreams were the repertoire, which he had known for a long time, the desire to collaborate with the Venezuelan trumpeter Pacho López, to have a great symphony orchestra, some special arrangements ...
I will continue to be flamenco all my life, but as artists we must have the freedom to express what we feel and how we feel it.
For Marina Heredia, all this has been fulfilled. “I am not Latina, but I am an admirer of that music. It is the result of many years listening to music; I am, above all, a fan of good music, without looking at genres ”. And her past supports her, as she has collaborated with artists far removed from flamenco, such as Aute, Mónica Naranjo and even with the British avant-garde producer Howie B, who turned U2's career around.
“Mixing with the styles, rhythms and melodies of Latin music is widely seen in flamenco.
Back and forth songs that they have already done from Niña de los Peines, Bambino or Adela de la Jacket to Lola Flores or Camarón ”, he says.
“The concept is the same, the content is not.
And I imagine the album staged, where I give my thousand per thousand.
Recording studios cool me down, it's hard for me to get into them ”.
This statement perhaps clarifies why in 20 years of professional career he has only released five albums.
The women of Lorca come on stage
On this trip there are torn boleros and songs -
I want to wake up with someone, El triste, I want to talk to you
- that express the fear of Heredia's loneliness. “I couldn't be without having someone to hug, to love. I am very familiar. My house is always full of people, friends, neighbors… I don't know how to live without that ”. Among those mentioned at those meetings, Mala Rodríguez has once been dropped, to whom Heredia wanted to invite to his new album to
some of the stanzas of those tanguillos por chacareras entitled
Some of the versions that appear in
are some of the versions that appear in
many of them already popularized in the voices of Rocío Dúrcal, María Dolores Pradera, Raphael, Julio Iglesias or Lola Flores. An artist with little record production, however, she is hyperactive in live shows. While
is being published
Marina Heredia continues to tour with the show
Lorca y la passion
After the summer, which will take her to Istanbul with
and to other places in Spain - "now the foreigner is very stopped by the pandemic," she laments - she will consider conceiving this staging of
For this he has the invaluable help of his producer and guitarist José Quevedo,
. "He understands me well, I don't know how he does it, or how we do it, but with him everything makes sense."