“Galicia’s gem” – fRoots Magazine
“Sublime, wonderful, and an absolutely benchmark” – Time Out Lisbon
“One of the best current singers in Spain” – El Boletín
“A very own style, a unique voice, a folk universe to discover (…). Uxía is a must known name, because of the music, interpretation, and work carried out for the divulgation and preservation of the Galician-Portuguese roots” – Mutante Magazine
Uxía, ‘the voice of the Atlantic’, is one of the main ambassadors of Galician music and poetry. She has lent her powerful, earthy vocals to renew Galician traditional music connecting it with Atlantic cultures, with which they share the same roots, blending Galician alalas with morna, fado, and Brazilian rhythms. She has published 12 albums, for which she has received numerous awards, such as the 2016 Galician Critics’ Award or the Best Roots Music Album Award at the Independent Music Awards in Spain for her Meu Canto recording, which was selected as Top of the World Album in Songlines Magazine. Among other projects, she is the artistic director and the alma mater of the International Lusophone Festival, Cantos na Maré.
Uxía is regarded as the grande dame of Galician music. Her songs have always the latent or explicit presence of traditional music but with a renewed and personal treatment, and is celebrating 30 years of an artistic career that made her one of the most popular and valued musicians of Galicia. She is also a producer and has promoted a large number of musical and cultural initiatives, such as the International Lusophone Festival ‘Cantos na Maré’, for which she is the artistic director.
Her career officially begins in 1985, when she wins the Bergantiños Festival. Shortly after, the celebrated Na Lúa ensemble produces her first record, Foliada de marzo (Edigal, 1986), which depicts her love for roots music and Galician-Portuguese poetry. One year later, Uxía joins Na Lúa, with which she records two albums, A estrela de maio (Edigal, 1987) e Ondas do mar de Vigo (GASA, 1989), that obtains the Galician Critic’s Award.
In the 1990s she resumes her solo career with the help of X. Paz Antón (member of Na Lúa), who produces her second album, Entre cidades (Sons Galiza, 1991). Four years after, she releases an essential album in her career, Estou vivindo no ceo (Nubenegra, 1995), produced by the Portuguese musician and composer Júlio Pereira, in which she offers a renovated look on Galician traditional music. Highly acclaimed by the specialized press, it is considered one of the best albums of the decade by the public European radio stations. It was released in Europe, U.S., and Canada and leads her to her first international tour, in which she tours Europe (Germany, Austria, Italy and Scotland), Cuba and Argentina.
In 1997 she releases, along with the Sudanese singer Rasha, the Castilian singer María Salgado and the flamenco guitarist Xesús Pimentel, La sal de la vida (Nubenegra), a vital chant to diversity. Three years after she publishes Danza das areas (Yerbabuena-Virgin, 2000), a work that represents an inflection point in her way, featuring her own compositions and more contemporary sounds in which more than 40 musicians collaborate. She also begins to create and mentor groups of cantareiras (female traditional singers), such as Malvela or Cantadeiras do Berbés, and participates in numerous musical experiences with such artists as Tito Paris, Jessie Norman, Dulce Pontes, Noa or João Afonso, among others.
In 2003 she creates one of her most important projects, the International Lusophone Festival, Cantos na Maré, a pioneer cultural encounter in which she invites musicians from different Portuguese-speaking countries to create a collective show together. Some of the artists that already participated are Chico César, Sara Tavares, Lenine, Carlos do Carmo, Rui Veloso or Aline Frazão.
With her fifth album, Eterno navegar (Harmonia Mundi, 2008), included among the best in the world music category by the BBC, she combines Galician roots with Portuguese and African rhythms, blending fado, alala, and morna with her intimate style. With this record she travels again through Spain, Portugal and Latin America, playing a series of concerts in Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
Her connection with Brazilian music leads her to travel to Rio de Janeiro to record her sixth album, Meu canto (Fol Música, 2011), with Jaime Alem (musical director of Maria Bethânia) as producer and the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Sérgio Tannus as arranger and musical director. With this album she received the Best Roots Music Album Award at the Independent Music Awards in Spain and the Opinión Award for best artist and trajectory in folk music, and was selected as Top of the World in Songlines Magazine.
During these years she also starts to set to music Galician poetry for children. Soon she releases Rosalía pequeniña (Galaxia/Sonárbore, 2013), in which she revisits and adapts the poetry of the Galician writer Rosalía de Castro for young audiences, and Canta o cuco (Galaxia, 2015), with poems by the Galician writer Manuel María, to whom she pays homage also in Andando a terra (Fundación Manuel María, 2012) and Uxía canta a Manuel María (2015), recorded live in the House Museum of the poet.
In 2015 Uxía launches her own record company, Damadriña Edicións, with which she releases the album Baladas da Galiza imaxinaria with the Galician musician Narf. The record features reinterpretations of classics from both musicians, original compositions and adaptations of traditional alalas, the oldest and best-known form of Galician music. The project, which started on a tour of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, brought them on their first tour through the U.S., where they presented it in such institutions as Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago), Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe), UCLA, Brown University or Berklee College.