Each week, OOR Studio reaches out to various artists, musicians, and those with all-around good taste to create a playlist for us to play within our office. Of course, we share the best ones with you!
SOUND OF THE WEEK PT. 59: CECILIA ZANGO
Cecilia Zango is a young artist from in Cáceres, Spain. She is a warrior, who fights battles in each of her songs’ poetic lyrics, lively and magnetic. With a flamenco base and harmonies of Arab music, her melodies, and motives reference Camarón and Antonio Molina adding to a strong instrumental lead and a modern finish.
You were very musical at a young age and have dedicated half your life to music. How did that come about?
I have no memories of my life without music. When I was a child I would stand in front of the mirror and imagine that I was on a stage in front of thousands of people. That’s how I played. When I was nine I began to study violin at the conservatory and when I was twelve I also began to study guitar. I went to an orchestra, choir, dance… it was always my passion.
You have a special relationship with the guitar, what makes it so special for you?
That’s true. When I was eighteen I began to prepare myself to compete in national guitar contests and competitions, I spent a lot of time alone studying and my only company was my guitar. I locked myself up and played and played, at that time I won four national awards.
Your hometown Extremadura and your roots also play a big role in your music. Why is the relation to your own roots so important?
I am fascinated by music from the south, flamenco, Arab music, I love to mix it with urban music. In Extremadura, there is a lot of culture of “cante” as we call it and it is collected in compilation books called “Cancioneros Antiguos”
In your music different stylistic directions are reflected, how does this mixture come about and what makes it so special?
I see beauty and progress in musical fusion. I think this fascination comes from the fact that I love learning about other cultures. I also love discovering different musical styles, instruments, artists. Maybe it influences the fact that I also studied musicology haha.
You played at the Mallorca live festival last month, how was it to perform at a big festival after 2 years of lockdown?
It was time! I really want to continue offering concerts, work hard and grow as an artist.
How would you describe the musically creative scene in Spain?
We are a super creative generation, we feel free when creating music. I think the same of the other artistic disciplines and that’s cool.
What do you wish for your future and for the future of the whole creative scene in Spain?
In Spain there is a very powerful scene, our roots and our musical culture is wonderful. Very good music is coming, I know. I want to contribute to our culture and enjoy music for many years. Now I am writing my new album and I firmly believe that it will be a bomb.
Here is her personally created playlist for Fräulein:
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Picture courtesy of Cecilia Zango/ PR