THE musical highlight of the forthcoming Malaga Fair will be an appearance from local singer and songwriter María del Mar Rodríguez Carnero known as La Mari.
She will officially open the Fair at 11.50pm on August 10, enjoy the fireworks and then appear with her band Chambao at 12.20am.
With different musicians but always using the name Chambao (a kind of open sided tent) she has released eight albums as well as a number of DVDs and has been nominated for a number of Latin Grammy awards.
Her music is a gentle style of New Flamenco mixed with Soft Rock and Electronic music and deals with a number of matters which affect her life and the world at large.
Her latest band is very Latin orientated and she is touring her Nuevo Ciclo (New Cycle) album which incorporates Flamenco, Rock, Rap and Classical music which she describes as being a natural progression for her as the music itself is “organic, actual and very much live”.
Although she has performed around the world, she always loves returning to Malaga her hometown and to play to a local audience is exciting for her especially as she has fought off the ravages of breast cancer which left her devastated when first diagnosed.
She thanks her family, friends, original band and her “darling dog” who was with her all through the treatment period and she now has a different outlook on a life which has been given back to her.
As well as publishing a book on her experiences, she has also donated her royalties from Cuba to a Cuban Breast Cancer charity.
As well as having her own band, La Mari is in constant demand to duet with other singers and speaks warmly of working with Ricky Martin who she says is a consummate professional. Other big names she has performed with include Rosario, Vanessa Martin, Macaco and Bebe.
This fine performer loves to play in the open air and in a previous interview just prior to last year’s Fuengirola appearance she said “there is nothing better than enjoying the balmy summer atmosphere and sensing the audience’s mood which in turn inspires me to give my best performance.”