It’s been almost 17 years since Rocío Dúrcal and Rocío Jurado left us. The two artists died the same year, in 2006, to the dismay and sadness of both their families and their followers, on both sides of the pond. Like good contemporaries, ‘The Greatest’ and ‘The Queen of the Rancheras’ forged an unbreakable friendship over the years, sharing great moments and great successes. Some hits that still sound strong among the younger generations.
During the last decade, we have witnessed many tributes to some of the most iconic songs of the two folkloric bands, but at WECB we would like to highlight three that have been made in 2023 by three young stars: Rosalía, Ana Mena and Belén Aguilera.
In the Latin Grammy 2023celebrated for the first time in its history outside the United States and brought to Seville, Rosalia opened the ceremony with a tribute to flamenco (whose international day was precisely that November 16) and, especially, to the Jury performing a very intimate and powerful version of Our love broke, song composed by Manuel Alejandro and popularized by the artist in 1985.
And, although at first it was not understood, explanations about the choice of the scenery for the musical number: a string ensemble wrapped in plastic sheets. As several users pointed out, this material was nothing more than a reference to the Interviú cover that Rocío Jurado herself starred in when she announced her divorce with Pedro Carrasco. A symbolism that the Catalan would not have left to chance to dedicate the song (full of hints) to Rauw Alejandro.
Motomami already did something similar in the 2019 Goya Awardswhen he paid tribute to the quinqui cinema of the 80s with a spectacular performance by I stay with youthe unforgettable song by Los Chichos that plays in the film Hurry, hurry (1981).
Another of the young artists who this 2023 wanted to have a nice detail with the one from Chipiona is Belén Aguilera. In her last concerts of the year, which took place at Live Las Ventas Madrid and at the Razzmatazz hall in Barcelona, the one known as the Piano Girl offered her fans a cover very personal Point, hit that in the past has also been covered by Mónica Naranjo.
With just the accompaniment of a keyboard and a voice distorter, the Barcelona native captivated her audience with a beautiful song that continues to resonate in the hearts of many music lovers.
Last but not least, Ana Mena chose The cat under the rain by Rocío Dúrcal in the setlist of his concert in Mexico (and which he repeated in El Gran Bellodrama at the Wizink Center in Madrid on December 20). The song, which dates back to 1981 and is included on the album Confidences, was the one that gave him great popularity in Latin America. Therefore, neither the song nor the location to perform it was an arbitrary decision for the woman from Malaga.
The woman from Madrid was considered The most Mexican Spanish and was welcomed by the Aztec country as adopted daughter, among other reasons, thanks to her contributions to regional music and the development of a large part of her musical career there, where of course she triumphed and achieved important milestones, how to position one of your discs, Sing to Juan Gabriel Volume 6as one of the ten best sellers in the history of Mexico.
Likewise, in the last edition of the Forqué Awards, the Andalusian wanted to pay tribute to another of the most representative figures of folklore and music in our country: The Faraona, Lola Flores. The interpreter of 12 hours made a mash-up of Alms of Love and at your side for the 30th anniversary of his death.
With great sensitivity and respect, he demonstrated the talent he exudes on all four sides.
It is exciting to be able to say that, despite the fact that consumption habits evolve, all of them, from their different styles and representing different generations, are united by the universality of music and mutual admiration.