Singer Rosalia has been picked for the BBC Sound Of 2019 longlist.
Earlier this week the British broadcaster revealed its ranking of rising stars expected to gain even greater success next year, and included the Catalan flamenco fusion artist.
According to the BBC, Rosalia is ‘revolutionising the sound of flamenco’ and therefore deserves to be in its top 10 picks; during the week of 7 to 11 January, she’ll find out whether she’s made it to the top of the list.
It’s the first time that a Catalan artist is part of this prestigious selection, which in previous years has been headed by acts including Keane, Adele, Mika, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Sam Smith.
According to the British broadcaster, Rosalía ‘fuses traditional flamenco melodies and palmas (hand-clapping) with the crisp beats and electronic basslines of trap’.
The other artists shortlisted are: Dermot Kennedy, Ella Mai, Flohio, Grace Carter, King Princess, Mahalia, Octavian, Sea Girls, and Slowthai.
Rosal’a has been successful in several awards recently, including the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards in the RnR/Urban category, alongside francophone singer Aya Nakumura, in November.
The award’s organisers called her ‘an empowered and urban, modern and theatrical woman’. She won two more awards at the Latin Grammys, also in November, for ‘Malamente’, the genre-bending hit that brought her stardom.