By Regina Winkle-Bryan
Music helped me learn Spanish and some Catalan. One of the top ways to practice a language is to do so without really trying. Osmosis. Incidentally, this is also how I have learned about wine. I might hear a tune I like in Spanish and then spend time on the net looking for its lyrics and going over them to understand the song. Vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation; it’s all there. If you want to practice your Spanish and/or Catalan, or maybe just hear some really good music, give the following artists a listen.
MARIA COMA (Catalan) –
I wanted to see some live music in Barcelona and Maria Coma was playing at L’Auditori. This is how I came to know about her. I did a cursory look over on Youtube and bought the tickets. She was awesome. She sings, she plays piano, she rocks.
See more on her here: http://mariacoma.com/ca/
LOVE OF LESBIAN (Spanish) –
I interviewed some of these guys a few years ago before they became rock stars. They totally deserve star status and are one of Spain‘s most interesting groups. They are from Catalonia but they sing in Spanish.
LA GOSSA SORDA (Catalan) –
Fun band with a ska beat and some depth. I can thank my main-squeeze for introducing me to these guys.
LOS G5 (Spanish) –
They are not a group, but a grouping of some of Spain‘s most talented big dog musicians. Los G5: Canijo & Diego (Los Delinqüentes), Jairo (Muchachito Bombo Infierno), Tomasito, and Kiko. They came together to make an album which has been played many times at my house.
MALA RODRIGUEZ (Spanish) –
I don’t know much about her, but I dig quite a few of her songs. Many of them deal with tough subjects such as the track ‘Nanai’ which addresses violence against women.