ARTISTS, WATCH

January 16, 2016 | By Bruce Warren

Watch Juanito Makandé perform live from the 2015 Alrumbo festival

Billboard Magazine calls Juanito Makandé one of Spain’s strongest indie artists, and of Billboard’s 5 new Latin acts to watch in 2016, along with El Dusty, Rolf Sanchez, Ali Stone, & Caibo.

Makandé, writes Billboard:

is transcending borders with easy-going but edgy flamenco rock-pop with jazz and funk fusions. In typical style, Makandé (real name Juan Medina) supported the making of his late 2015 release, Muerte a las Pajaros Negros, with a crowdfunding campaign that took in over twice its goal, and offered marijuana seeds from Makandé’s own crop as one of the premiums. Comparisons to Manu Chao may be inevitable, but Makandé, who is from Andalusia, follows the path of other free-spirited talents who have taken the storied soul of flamenco to contemporary music; he’s likely to attract fans of Jarabe de Palo and Alejandro Sanz as much as lovers of pure flamenco or Latin alternative rock. The self-described “flamenco underground” artist has garnered millions of Youtube views after attracting committed followers with constant touring.

Below, watch a performance of him from 2015’s Alrumba festival held in Spain.

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