Sure enough when you experience Amparo Sanchez on stage and where her music swings like her colorful skirt, you can’t help but feel some protective vibration emanating from this hot madre de la tierra.
And quite an earth it is where she was born: The province of Granada in the Eastern part of Andalusia. Go on and relate her art to the ancient art of Flamenco and you’re not far off. But because she let herself in recording with folks from Tucson, Arizona like Joey Burns of Calexico, Sergio Mendez, Brian Lopez, John Convertino a.o. the tierra turned into the sierra. This influence is very clearly audible in her third solo album «Espiritu del Sol» (2014) and in the predecessor, «Tucson-Habana». Amparo also cites Billie Holiday as her main influence and it made her an authority early on singing the blues, rock, soul and jazz. Freeing herself from being type cast she moved on to Madrid’s hot Latin scene where she got into classic Cuban songs and where she was especially taken by the Cuban bolero-singer Antonio Machin, an involvement which led to her composition «El poder de Machin». None other than Manu Chao tutored her in additional Caribbean styles. Involvement with rock and punk was also on the travel menue. Then it was on to Mexico City, the Chiapas and participation in the Zapatista Caravan. So it’s obvious that her music has been enlivened with the integration of some hard-charging elements but with her roots still firmly planted. On the island she’ll be performing with her powerful line-up, herself on guitar and vocals, Ricard Tejada Giralt on bass, Jose Luis Ferrer Sanchez on guitar, Raly Barrionuevo on guitar, Jose Alberto Varano Saavedra on trumpet, and Ricard Parera Rafols on drums.
Amparo mamasita, por favor lend us protection when we need it the most.