Photo by Julia Montilla
Ojos de Brujo
Barcelona’s vibrant Ojos de Brujo are taking their hip hop-flamenco fusion on the road for the final time.
A full 10 years since they released their first album, Vengue, this is your last chance to catch them before they bow out for good.
The rag-tag, nine-piece collective have been casting their spell over the Spanish music scene ever since 1996. From the start, their musical style shocked flamenco purists and defied categorisation; the group themselves describe it as “jipjop flamenkillo” (“hip-hop with a bit of flamenco”), but it stretches from rock and rumba catalana to reggae and rap, all mixed in with ethnic rhythms from around the world.
Their debut album was a hit in Spain, but it was 2003’s Barí which lifted them into the global spotlight. Released on their La Fábrica de Colores record label, set up to allow them full creative control, it sold over 100,000 copies and won them a raft of prizes, including a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. Follow-up Techarí was just as well-received, and eventually earned them a Latin Grammy Award.
Ojos de Brujos’ latest album Corriente Vital 10 Años may be their last, but they’re making sure they go out with a bang. As well as two original tracks, the album features new versions of their biggest hits and collaborations with artists including Amaral and Estopa whilst their live show promises to be their most spectacular yet. Get in touch with your inner hippy and let them weave their magic on you for the last time!