Ojos de Brujo
("Eyes of the Sorcerer" in English
) is a nine-piece band from Barcelona
, who describe their style as "jipjop flamenkillo" (hip-hop
with a little flamenco
). The band sold over 100,000 copies of their self-produced Barí
album, and has received several awards, among these the BBC Radio 3
World Music Award for Europe in 2004).
Their success is also notable for being achieved without the aid of label backing; they set up their own label, La Fábrica de Colores
, to get complete artistic freedom for Barí
, away from the pressure they perceived from their record company Edel Records
for their debut Vengue.
Flamenco is clearly central to their sound; Ramón Giménez observed "the magic lies in the flamenco... that is the heartbeat of Ojos de Brujo's songs." However, they are definitely not pure flamenco. Xavi Turull said: "...we don't pretend to do flamenco. What we are doing is using the richness of flamenco and the richness of other music to build up something different. Maybe sometimes I would say that flamenco is the strongest ingredient, but we don't pretend to be doing flamenco.
" Upon the release of their first album, Vengue... Read More