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Hirahi Afonso (Las Palmas, 27 years outdated) is amused by contradictions. He is a two-meter large who confirmed off his expertise as a basketball participant, however he has grow to be a virtuoso of the timple, that tiny five-string Canarian guitar that hardly reaches half a meter in size. And he boasts a really uncommon Canarian aboriginal identify that he solely shares with six different inhabitants of the planet, however the crimson flashes in his beard denote his blended ancestors.

That identical ardour for paradoxes has led him to title The Pure his second LP, in actuality a colossal melting pot of folklore, jazz, creator songs and a number of geographies. We approached him within the dressing rooms as quickly as he wowed 5,000 spectators on the Womad in Gran Canaria, and only a few days earlier than this competition, a mecca of world music, introduced him because the Spanish consultant within the 2024 British version of the occasion.

Ask. What attracted you to such a tiny instrument and, firstrestricted?

Answer. The dimension of the problem. The limitations are evident, resulting from tessitura and tuning, however small devices pressure your thoughts to broaden in all instructions.

P. Allow proselytizing. How is the timple superior to related devices such because the charango, ukulele or cavaquinho?

R. In nothing! Only within the evolution that we are able to contribute to its interpreters. My dream is that those that arrive later will discover a timple that treasures larger knowledge.

Hirahi Afonso, timplista, photographed in Madrid on November 24, 2023.
Hirahi Afonso, timplista, photographed in Madrid on November 24, 2023.Claudio Alvarez

P. He went to check on the Escola de Música de Catalunya (Esmuc) earlier than reaching the age of majority. Do you keep in mind being scared while you began that journey?

R. Excited. I used to be a shy, self-absorbed little one. My finest associates have at all times been my dad and mom, who’re very younger: right this moment they’re 44 and 47 years outdated. I thank them for making me sturdy. He was a motivated child with very clear issues. Now I give it some thought: “No, Look how brave you were!”

P. But had he flown a lot earlier than that?

R. He had hardly left the home! I had simply began my collaborations with Mestisay, the historic Canarian people band, and that allowed me to journey between islands, nevertheless it wasn’t till I used to be 17 that I took a big airplane for the primary time. And it was in order that my life turned the other way up.

P. How shy are you continue to now?

R. Less so, however I replicate that introspective character in my music. Solitude may be very essential to really feel inventive.

I favor albums to singles. They have a loving and outdated element”

P. Supporter of purity?

R. There is nothing pure anymore. We might aspire to this 2,000 years in the past, however proper now it’s inevitable to nourish ourselves with issues. Even those who you wouldn’t prefer to feed on…

P. So the title of your album is a trompe l’oeil.

R. It’s a sport, a method to stick with folks. The timple himself does it: he was born to play folklore, however now we’ve got perverted that origin and anybody could make it their very own.

P. Why do you delegate the lyrics to Alberto Limiñana, your bassist?

R. I’m fortunate to have nice associates who write sensible and ambiguous issues. And this will increase the dimension of the sport: I inform issues by way of what another person writes to whom I’ve beforehand instructed what I believe.

P. How do you get together with algorithms?

R. I hate them. I might like to be higher recognized, however I hate the concept it’s higher for me to enter playlists so that individuals hearken to me. I’ve the sensation that 20 years in the past issues had been achieved in a extra pure method. We weren’t contaminated by this fixed pretending that you simply’re cool.

I hate algorithms. “20 years ago everything was more natural”

P. Do albums or singles?

R. Records, for God’s sake! I hearken to whole LPs on a regular basis. They have a loving and aged element, cooked over low warmth.

P. Do another Hirahi?

R. To a former punk guitarist and a firefighter from Tenerife. There had been six of us, however a woman from Fuerteventura who likes my music simply named her daughter Hirahi. It means “sky and universe.” And it’s a unisex identify.

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