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Medina Azahara perform on December 5 in the festivities of Santa Eulalia (05/11/2008)

Medina Azahara perform on December 5 in the festivities of Santa Eulalia in Totana (Murcia), as the group announced on its website.

The same day also act DISCORD , as announced recently.

In addition, DISCORD present "The nest" and the basket of discord.

Biography of Medina Azahara

The year was 79 when five young lovers of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Pink Floyd decided, after several failed attempts, to form a band with professional aspirations.

Little by little they share their musical interests to achieve their own musical line that meant the most modern and brand new Hard Rock Andaluz "cultural movement that, at the time, moved the masses of young, rebellious Forms primarily established and thirsty for freedom.

In 1980 achieved record their first album, after the fashion of the time, bore the name of the group "Medina Azahara".

This album contained a song "Mosquito" that from his native Cordoba was spreading throughout the country to become an authentic Andalusian anthem feel.

Success was almost instant, and suddenly, the gang was forced to take a career in one year I did two laps on the map and at the same time, composing songs for a new album.

"La Esquina del Viento" was released in 81 following the success of the previous line, then came "Andalusia" in 82, but at the same time that "the Madrid scene" began to take its first steps, the "Andalusian rock "went resenting the time and was running commercially.

The result was a break record in which Medina was active tour after tour.

In 1986 the band decided to self-finance his 4 th album tired of waiting for the opportunity that never came.

"Spanish Caravan" marked the most difficult moment in the history of the band, was the turn of the leaks and resignations.

Medina survived thanks to its most cherished values, the direct and the desire to stay alive against the obstacles and those who took it for "enterraos dead."

Was July 89 when a renovated Medina Azahara is in contact with manager Javier Gálvez and, hence, the label Avispa.

At that time, the group enters a new guitar, Paco Ventura, whose youth and musical education would be progressively keys to the evolution of the band.

In September 1989 began recording the 5th album and 1 with Avispa "... in Al-Hakim."

It was also the first album that featured the hand of Carlos Martinez in the production as a support for finding a new sound.

The name "Al-Hakim" was a kind of homage to rehearsal where they hatched the issues that they would compose, although such "local" was actually an elegant Arab construction on the outskirts of Cordoba.

Then began an arduous task as difficult as before the first record of a comeback and convince the doubters that he "killed and enterraos" was just a phrase that one attacker had ever uttered.

"In Al-hakim" tiptoed into the radio and sales charts but never fell.

Its passage was strong overtones of courage and hope to a story in which everyone was willing to let the skin, not just group members also were their families, staff Wasp, agency manager and, of course, that precious and unforgettable handful of friends from their microphones and printed pages, discussing with colleagues to defend that this was not a lost cause.

The tour "in Al-Hakim" was a new change in the group, Manuel Reyes, a battery expert and Cordoba who had debuted with Medina, as a percussionist, January 6, 1990 in Logroño Iberpop Gala, it was definitely battery charge.

He soon rise to the idea of recording a live album.

It was June 30 of that year during a now legendary concert held in Leganés (Madrid) and Medina returned to enjoy the sweetness of success and crowds.

"En Directo" traced the history of the group to date and marked a turning point in his career, from there everything would be different.

After a year marked by the road work would the 7 th album, "No Time" and included the participation of a new bassist, José Miguel Fernández.

"No Time" was a decisive and bold step forward.

Medina was a new national style in the rock, had distanced himself from his roots and began the symphony "It was Medina" in which the adjectives to define his music became increasingly difficult.

"Everything has its end" and "I need to breathe," were the first two singles with that "Out of Time" reached gold and platinum with only three months apart.

It was now touring successfully and spectacular, Medina Azahara was already a well-oiled machine unstoppable.

Reached new records, "Where is the light" (93), "Arabic" (95), the Japanese editions of "Legend in Andalusia", "Where is the light" and "Arab", the "Out of Time" in Argentina, "Arabic in Egypt and many others with which the group's international shadow stretched endlessly.

In 96 recorded several concerts were recorded material for his 10 th album "To all those people", a double CD compilation of his "2nd story" with some new tracks.

Musically it was taking a progressive approach towards Arab origins and Andalusí which culminated in Tanger (98), an album recorded between Tangier and Madrid where the Orchestra collaborated Yeblía Taktuka Moroccan.

Meanwhile, gold and platinum discs for sales in the last 5 jobs and started to fill walls, which was very dangerous, became a daily occurrence for specialized media.

The 99 had been marked by the 10 years of working together Medina-Wasp and for that reason, it released "Baladas" a tribute to an artist's record during that time had become a group of good friends.

At the same time, began recording the new album which incorporated as a supporting musician, Manuel Ibanez on keyboards.

The year 2000, among a myriad of other things, the twentieth anniversary as a professional group Medina Azahara "walking twenty years .. and all thanks to you," as the letter of the first single from that album.

"XX" filed 14 new songs, it was not the typical gathering to celebrate an anniversary, Medina Azahara, true to its principles, is distinguished from the rules laid down and turned to surprise.

Back to the road, again to demonstrate the group leaves the venue of the concert when it's gone the last fan who wanted an autograph, again to be the pendant group to the smallest detail before starting to play, although that involves long hours of trial and test again to prove that all places are equally important to them, no matter the number of people who fit into the enclosure or the inhabitants of the town, back to prove something as simple as importantly, professionalism.

The presentation in Madrid was videotaped with a wealth of technical means.

It was one of those concerts with friends at 2,000 was recorded to the memory.

The recording, made in La Riviera, on December 2, 2000, was released on 10 May this year after a post-production process impressive.

During 2001, the group continues its tour while preparing the composition and recording will be his new album.

In late May, Medina Azahara reenters studies Madrid M-20 where he and his producer ever, Carlos Martinez, began recording "Land of Freedom" are working three months as a result which is probably The most elaborate album in the history of the group.

Twelve new songs plus a version and all the concerns and hopes typical of a group of young newcomers to this story.

From there, as if it were not enough already, they decided to take a new step, to break another record, begins a lecture tour and record signings that bring them to 35 cities in which shuffled its fans, the "one on one" who always have been the occasion, the idols of flesh and blood that thousands and thousands of "kids" and "not so kids" are given the pleasure of knowing, as they themselves have said "the scenarios are too high "must be in contact with people.

After this grand tour, and almost without rest, begin to prepare their new album "Original Version."

In which include themes that have endorsed Medina, issues of "Triana", "Miguel Rios", "modules", "Reality," "Flamenco" and "The Savages", + 2 unreleased tracks.

Also released for sale, which is his first video in DVD format, which includes music, some songs, making of and interviews.

All this compilation, is released on November 16, 2002, is highly popular among fans and not so fans of Medina Azahara.

By the year 2003 published a new work "Aixa", and collaborate Antonio Orozco and the Symphony Orchestra of Cordoba, also included in the version of the Scorpions, "Wind of change".

The album is published on 1 October and includes a video clip of "Córdoba."

A tribute to the city and they cuddled Honored Award "Cordovan the Year."

The record is held five weeks in the charts and in 2004, due to the high quality of this, get win 2 music awards, for Best Rock album, and best song with Cordoba.

Yes, have already made 16 albums, have 25 years on the road, have garnered gold records, platinum, traveled around the world, but all that is just data that attest to his perseverance and ability to evolve, data, above all , make them respect creditors recognized that, without doubt, deserve.

Source: Medina Azahara / Fotos: archivo

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