“After having traveled and got to know the different musical cultures that inhabit the shores of the Mediterranean, I’m submerged in a world of sounds that are different and yet part of the same family, branches of the same tree. Sometimes as a song, others taking an instrument as a starting point and yet others simply as an inspiration, this sea and its voices are the thread that runs through this project, which is dedicated to women, and especially to those who for whatever reason are not allowed to sing”. This is how Javier Limón defines his latest and most ambitious project, Mujeres de Agua.
Javier Limón is one of the leading producers in the Flamenco world, as well as being a damn fine guitarist in his own right. He has a special talent for identifying and nurturing new talent – Concha Buika is one of his protegées – and for experimenting with form and instrumentation that makes everything he does well worth a listen.
Here are three tracks from Mujeres de Agua, chosen almost at random. Many of my favourites – Estrella Morente, Concha Buika, Carmen Linares and Sandra Carrasco, for example – have taken part in this. The tracks are from other singers, less familiar to me, but equally talented if this is anything to go by.