Las Mi­gas, Spain from to Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mar­cia Rowe Gleaner Writer

IT WAS fin­ger snap­ping, hand clap­ping and feet stomp­ing of a dif­fer­ent sort that had some mem­bers of the au­di­ence mes­merised and oth­ers mov­ing in sync to the tune of the all-fe­male Span­ish mu­si­cal group, Las Mi­gas.

En route from Canada to Cuba, the group made two stops in Ja­maica, in Kingston and Mon­tego Bay. A wide cross sec­tion of Ja­maicans and Span­ish speak­ers were in at­ten­dance at the Kingston leg held on Fri­day in the Va­len­cia Suit at the New Kingston-based Span­ish Court Ho­tel. Among those in at­ten­dance were two of Ja­maica’s mu­si­cal icons, Car­lene Davis and Tommy Cowan.

Both ex­pressed thor­ough en­joy­ment for the show, dubbed ‘Fla­menco Con­cert’. Davis, who never heard of the group be­fore, but knew it was go­ing to be a good evening, said she loved the sounds of the gui­tars and the vi­o­lin, in­stru­ments that she grew up hear­ing. While Cowan, who speaks a lit­tle Span­ish, said the per­for­mance was won­der­ful.

And so it was as the group of four – a vi­o­lin­ist, two gui­tarists along with a vo­cal­ist – got the con­cert go­ing. Seated, they be­gan with an up­tempo song, fol­lowed by one with a slower beat. The au­di­ence was in­vited to sing, clap their hands, dance or just show their emo­tions.

The very en­ter­tain­ing set in­cluded the beau­ti­ful song Sen­tara Can­cion, com­posed by a Venezue­lan; Con Lo Bien Gire Yo Estaba Sola, based on a friend’s love story, Carmela, a two-part song about a grand­mother; and rumba with a dis­tinct mento beat.


How­ever, there is no deny­ing that it was the group’s per­for­mance of Pere­grini­tos that was the most mov­ing. Af­ter a cos­tume change, the lead singer re­turned to the stage to mesmerise the au­di­ence with a Fla­menco dance, while the oth­ers sup­plied the re­spec­tive sounds and mu­sic. The per­for­mance brought the au­di­ence to their feet. A few songs later, the free con­cert came to an end.

Later, in a brief con­ver­sa­tion with The Gleaner, the spokesper­son for Las Mi­gas de­scribed Ja­maica as a nice place be­cause of the peo­ple, the weather, the cul­ture and the beer. She also ex­plained that their mu­sic is a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent styles – fla­menco mixed with other gen­res such as Latin, Brazil­ian and Ara­bic mu­sic. This re­sulted in them do­ing their own com­po­si­tion and orig­i­nal ar­range­ments, and sub­se­quently cre­at­ing a Las Mi­gas per­sonal style di­rected at the au­di­ence’s emo­tions. “This is what we al­ways want to do, to pro­voke emo­tion,” she said

And what about reg­gae? “Reg­gae is very nice.” they all agreed.

The mu­si­cal group will re­turn to Spain for their al­bum launch on Novem­ber 11, 2016.

Las Mi­gas’ visit and con­cert was or­gan­ised by the Em­bassy of Spain, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Span­ish-Ja­maica Foun­da­tion, as one of the ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Spain and Ja­maica.

The au­di­ence re­sponds to Las Mi­gas.

Las Mi­gas

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