Anyone familiar with the sounds of Spanish folkloric music would be familiar with its heartbreaking melodies and focus on guitar and vocals, both drenched in emotion and passion. We’re starting to realize that Miami has a strong Spanish-loving community, with sold out flamenco shows and world-class guitarists making their way down here more frequently. If you’re one of those fans, we have a treat for you coming to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 23rd: Nella. The vocal powerhouse is so skilled it seems effortless for her, but when you start to listen to the music you realize she’s more of a sitting tiger, ready to pounce and make her move.
With artists like Rosalia paving the way for rich cultural sounds to break into the mainstream, it’s no surprise that Nella is being considered one of the rising flamenco artists to keep an eye on. The Berklee-trained artist has been making some noise in the music industry, garnering support by Latin heavyweights like Alejandro Sanz, and already sharing the stage with big-name stars like Carlos Vives and Jennifer Lopez. While she might not be Spanish of birth (her hometown is Margarita, Venezuela), she embodies what it takes to captivate an audience the way true Andalusian music does at its core: she bares her soul.
Fearless and full of experienced maturity, Nella has toured the world multiple times over in her short yet star-studded career. Working with Javier Limón, award-winning musician and producer, and winner of the Latin GRAMMY for “Producer of the Year,” she’d on her way to perfecting the sound that will define her as a musician. A blend of Spanish folk mixed with Venezuelan rhythms for a unique acoustic sound that packs a punch (and draws some tears). Her debut album, Voy garnered attention from big media like NPR music, pushing her into a space of hope for her home country.
While her music might not be an obvious fusion, since vocals and guitar ring loudest, she forces you in and asks you to listen to her lyrics of pain and pride for Venezuela and beyond. She has much hope for herself as an artist, and so do we. Thanks again to the visionary minds at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, you’ll get to experience her musicality in an intimate performance on November 23rd. We recommend you buy your tickets so you don’t hate yourself for missing out on seeing this star before she blows up.
Cover photo courtesy of the artist.