2021 Song Draft- Round 2 Pick 1 : Aphoristical selects- ‘Malamente’- Rosalia.
Rosalía Vila Tobella was born in Barcelona in 1993. She became interested in flamenco music, and studied at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia – by the age of 20 she was a flamenco teacher. Her first album was traditional flamenco, recorded with guitarist Raül Refree.
On her second album she mixed traditional flamenco with modern pop and urban sounds. El Mal Querer was released in 2018, and it’s based on the 19th century novel Romance of Flamenca. The lead single and lead-off track is ‘Malamente’, Spanish for “badly”.
There are recognisable flamenco elements in ‘Malamente’ – the handclaps and acoustic guitars. But at the same time, ‘Malamente’ is clearly contemporary, with its modern beats and synths it’s not out of place on top 40 radio. Rosalía and producer El Guincho both regard ‘Malamente’ as a 21st century version of a copla, “a dramatic Southern Spanish ballad style with flamenco flourishes.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rht7rBHuXW8
Rosalía hasn’t released another studio album since 2018, but she has released a string of singles, collaborating with artists like Billie Eilish and Bad Bunny.