The award ceremony will be held within the framework of the Victorian anchovy gala at the Fitur fair in Madrid next Thursday, January 19
The mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, Francisco Salado (PP), has announced this Wednesday that the fourth award of the ‘Boquerón de Plata’ of Rincón de la Victoria will be given this year to Diana Navarro from Malaga. Salado explained that “this is a well-deserved recognition of a woman who since her professional beginnings has been linked to our municipality through the Peña El Piyayo, and has enjoyed the summers of Rincón de la Victoria with her family. ».
“Diana Navarro is a multidisciplinary artist in constant evolution with more than 15 years of success that endorse her artistic quality and extraordinary talent,” adds the councilor. The singer from Malaga has specialized in traditional Spanish music, fusing copla, flamenco and zarzuela with styles as diverse as symphonic pop or electronics. Diana Navarro has shown herself “happy and excited to receive this ‘El Boquerón de Plata’ award from Rincón de la Victoria where I have family and professional ties such as the guitarist of what was my flamenco group, Carmelo de Carmen de Torre de Benagalbón” .
The award ceremony will be held within the framework of the Victorian Boquerón Gala of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR) next Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Hotel Wellington, Velázquez, 8. Madrid. The ‘Boquerón de Plata’ award was born with the idea of highlighting and extolling the professional and human work of people from culture, sports, gastronomy or society in general who are related to Rincón de la Victoria. And in previous years, Salva Reina (actor and stand-up writer) and Salvador Calvo (film director), Remedio Cervantes (businesswoman and actress from Malaga) have been the winners.
Likewise, the Councilor for Tourism of Rincón de la Victoria, Antonio José Martín (PP), explained that “one more year we are present in Madrid to promote the Victorian Boquerón Festival, offering our gastronomy and the tourist attractions of Rincón de la Victoria”. . This year, in addition to the anchovy, other very outstanding products from the Malaga table will be the gastronomic protagonists. As every year, the event is a meeting point for businessmen linked to the tourism sector, specialized press, chefs from the Community of Madrid and authorities.
Diana Navarro is a self-made singer, songwriter, and actress (1978. Málaga). His creative and artistic need made him participate independently from a very early age in all kinds of cultural events, charity galas and contests, winning 29 prizes, 17 of which were first prizes for Copla, winner of the variety show ‘Tu gran día’ on TVE presented by Lolita and Juan y Medio and 2 National Saeta Awards. This path turned Diana into a young promise of Andalusian music in the 90s with hundreds of concerts in Malaga and the province.
Thanks to them and the help of his family, he financed his first cassette ‘Nuevos valores de la copla malagueña’ in 1996 and recorded two albums with the collaboration of sponsors: ‘Noche de Coplas’ in 1997 and ‘Homenaje a Lorca’ in 1999, presenting both in Peñas y Casas de Andalucía in Spain and Switzerland as well as numerous interventions on Canal Sur and TVE. In 1999 he met the pianist and A & R Chico Valdivia and they decided to record a demo that came into the hands of Warner Music Spain. Looking for a personal style, Diana was clear that she did not want to stop singing the purest styles from which she came, such as: Copla, Saeta, Flamenco and Folklore.
With this premise, they form a work team together with the number one creator Luis Gómez Escolar, the arranger Miguel Ángel Collado and the producer and sound engineer, awarded with 8 Latin Grammys; Bori Alarcon. In 2005 they finished the creation of ‘Don’t forget me’ with the hit ‘Sola’, selling more than 250,000 physical copies, doing a tour of 130 concerts, nominated for the Latin Grammys, Ondas Award, Cadena Dial Award among others, and more important; the consecration of a unique voice.
Nine records later, four Gold Records, three Platinum Records, another Latin Grammy nomination for the album ‘Flamenco’, two Music Awards, a Gold Microphone and much more. It is claimed by the best national and international artists to make duets among which are: Armando Manzanero, Mago de Oz, María Dolores Pradera, Luz Casal, Vanesa Martín or her artistic godson Pablo Alborán whom Diana sponsored on his first album ‘Solamente you’. Guest artist on the American tour of Flamenco Festival with the show ‘Mujeres’ directed by Mario Maya and starring Belén Maya, Merche Esmeralda and Rocío Molina, Diana performed a Saeta at the City Center Theater in New York receiving one of the most important ovations of the Show.
That night Diana was invited to Dizzy’s at the Jazz Lincoln Center opposite Central Park to sing ‘Ojos Verdes’, becoming the first Spaniard to sing Copla in that Jazz temple. Years later, she would debut as a theater actress at the Teatro Español with the play “En Tierra Extraña” directed and written by Juan Carlos Rubio, where she would give life to Doña Concha Piquer, performing once again “Ojos Verdes” and being nominated for Best Actress at the Max Awards, Musical Theater Awards, Broadway World Awards and Met Awards and awarding the entire team at the Diversa Awards.
In order to become the actress she is today, she wanted to train with the Master of Interpretation for Film and TV at the TAI School of Performing Arts to give greater excellence to her musical performances, discovering that she was passionate about acting, doing work such as ‘Yocasta ‘ or ‘The nightmares of Alberto Soto’ with independent directors and debuting on the big screen with Santiago Segura in the family trilogy ‘There is only one Father’.
It has also been directed by Antonio Banderas in his documentary on Holy Week in Malaga, where Diana interprets a saeta composed by the actor and director and later on at the Goya Awards Gala that he presented and directed at his Soho CaixaBank theater performing alongside Carlos Latre characterized by Pepe Isbert ‘Coplas de las Divisas’. She participated in the Antena 3 TV impersonation program ‘Tu Cara Me Suena’, where she imitated more than 20 characters including María Callas, Mónica Naranjo, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fiztgerald or Antonio Molina among others.
Her multidisciplinary capacity has made her stand out as a jury in the Canal Sur Talent Show ‘Tierra de Talento’ with audience records, co-hosting the Canal Sur Christmas Gala, Las Campanadas de Fin de Año live on Málaga TV and as a presenter on the Malaga Awards Gala of the city council. She also presented the closing gala of the 2017 Malaga Film Festival where she was awarded the Biznaga de Oro to one of her references in acting and friend, Antonio Banderas.
He continues in constant research fusing copla, flamenco and zarzuela with styles as disparate as Symphonic Pop or Electronica, creating the term Neocopla Sinfoelectrónica to name his musical style. His impressive voice, more moving than ever, continues to pierce with every note and word, due to his acrobatic melismas and his direct poetry. Currently, she continues touring all of Spain as an actress in “En tierra extraña” and as a singer with the Carlos III Orchestra with the show: El Amor…Falla, where she interprets the work of Manuel de Falla and Maria de la O Lejarraga, and “Diana Navarro En Concert» reviewing his artistic career.
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Diana Navarro will receive the Rincón la Victoria ‘Boquerón de Plata’ award in 2023