reverberating after nova 07

When beautiful musicans and beautiful music sweep you off your feet, words are just not enough to describe what is happening. All I know is that you find yourself reverberating in the performances for weeks afterwards.

This is what I am feeling after the recent nova 07 festival in Copenhagen. The quality of the musicans, the energy of their performances, the emotion and the charisma that they presented was so high that not even the sweltering heat of the venue, nor the price of the tickets could dampen it. We are indebted to the organisers of nova 07 for bringing them to Copenhagen where there is normally a scant audience for world music.

Concha Buika, grew up alongside a gypsy community in Mallorca, Spain, she is considered a new star in flamenco music, with a remarkable haunting voice that certainly showed through a cappella. Her famous track ‘Mi Nina Lola’ is below from her solo cd in 2006.

Swedish based Simone Moreno who played on Saturday night, is born in Bahia, a region in North-East of Brazil that is famous for singers and musicans. With her band (who were definitely Scandernavian looking chaps), and with her samba-swing and amazing vocals, she transforms a raw, wild energy to the audience so that not even the stiffest foot can keep still.

BellitaAbove all if I had a sense of experiencing something truly significant, it was hearing the Cuban group Bellita jazztumbata, led by pianist and

vocalist Lila Exposito Pino. Her funky afro-cuban style stems from the ‘Nova Trove’ movement of the 60s and 70s and the skill, tightness and interpretation of her band members is exemplified by multi-instrumentalist Miguel Miranda, who plays simultaneously electrical bass and congas and keeping the beat with more percussion using his feet.

The nova 07 performance of Bellita jazztumbata also provided an opportunity for a collaboration with Grammy Award winner and international drum star Ignacio Berroa who was also playing concerts at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse and Danish music awards this weekend. This significance of this event was so wrought with emotion that I suspect many of us present, who were without prior knowledge of these musicians and their backgrounds, could not fully appreciate.

On Ignacio

“The only Latin drummer in the world, in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds; his native Afro-Cuban music as well as Jazz…” (Dizzy Gillespie)

‘A lot of American drummers don’t know him. American drummers like to go after names, but sometimes the people you don’t know are the ones you should know. What better teacher can you go to for Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms than Ignacio…” (Dennis Chambers)

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2 Responses to “reverberating after nova 07”


  1. 1 john June 15, 2007 at 5:13 am

    You know, the more I read your blog the higher copenhagen gets on my places to visit list. Sounds like you’ve had a feast!

  2. 2 belle80 June 15, 2007 at 8:59 am

    yes – Copenhagen isn’t usually on ‘peoples places to visit’ when it comes to ‘Europe’ but there is far more than Carlsberg and Danish pastries… 🙂 There is a real city atmosphere here without the sprall…its great


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