Maria Jose Llergo conquers the Tiny Desk with 'Ultrabelleza'

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Maria Jose Llergo conquers the Tiny Desk with ‘Ultrabelleza’

María José Llergo is the latest Spanish artist to stop by NPR’s Tiny Desk. The artist from Pozoblanco has used the intimate format of the American radio station to present the sensitivity of ‘Ultrabelleza’ to the world, as Omar Montes and C. Tangana, among other Spanish artists, have already done.

Accompanied by musicians Julio Martín on piano, Carlos Sosa on drums and Juan Manuel Montoya on bass and guitar, the Cordoba native presented five songs from her latest album. The clapping for ‘RUEDA, RUEDA’ continued with ‘JURAMENTO’, ‘SUPERPODER’, ‘APRENDIENDO A VOLAR’ and ‘LO QUE SIENTO’, described by NPR as “a meditation and a tribute to what it means to be a Spanish musician.”

In addition to his magnificent repertoire and surprising voice, Llergo has also shown his friendly personality. «I hope you enjoy ‘Ultrabelleza’ because you are all ultra-beautiful,» he says with a constant smile.

The iconic format remains faithful to its beginnings as a source of musical discovery, proving that it can bring into the studio both renowned artists such as Chaka Khan or Nelly Furtado, who have recently performed in the space, as well as new voices such as Llergo.

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