It's Saturday morning and I'm still in Charlottesville getting ready for another day at the Virginia Festival of the Book. So far it's been great. The temperature has been in the low 70's. My panel on travel writing yesterday was packed, and I've met some amazing authors. Don't tell my precious little ones back home, but it's been an absolute delight to be on my own these 48 hours to soak up the creative energy flowing all around. I sat at an outdoor cafe with three amazing writers yesterday, unconcerned about time, sipping coffee and talking about, well, writing. It was glorious.
One of the writers whom I shared the stage with yesterday was Philip Graham. Graham is a prolific fiction, non-fiction writer and poet. He's also a traveller. A real traveller. And he writes a lot about his travels and living abroad. Yesterday he spoke about his love affair with Lisbon, where he lived for a year with his wife and child. You'll definitely be hearing more about Graham here on the Meltingpot, but for now I just wanted to share something that he shared with me.
Even though he claimed all of his Portugese friends would call him a traitor for saying so, Graham introduced me to one of the most glorious Spanish singers I've ever heard. Her name is Concha Buika and she's Black. Born in Palma de Mallorca, her family hails from Equatorial Guinea, which makes her one of those rare Black Spaniards. Now, I'd post about her here even if she wasn't all that, but just listen to sing her award winning hit, Mi Nina Lola and tell me she doesn't make your soul ache.
Of course I want to now find out everything about her. In case you do too, here's some links to know more about Ms. Buika.
An interview on NPR.
A current Q&A
And now let the music speak for itself.