Paloma San Basilio, the famous Spanish performer, confirmed what she had announced a year and a half ago; she will stop recording and performing life music. Her last concert will take place on 11 December, as published on Libertad Digital.
Paloma Cecilia San Basilio Martínez turned 64 recently, shortly after publishing her memoirs book La niña que bailaba bajo la lluvia. The book was announced as the first work of the artist as an author, and she was planning to do more in this field.
Now, as she uncovers her vocation as a book author, the Spanish representative in the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest is confirming also what she had announced some time ago: that she will stop singing, and she has put a date for her final recital. Her three upcoming concerts in Elda (5 December), Logroño (10 December) and Gijón (11 December) will be her three last times performing for the public, and the last we shall see of her reciting her lyrics, as announced on libertaddigital.com.
She has decided to do it now so that she can take a break and give more time to her partner, her daughter and her two grandchildren.
Still, quitting music will not entail retiring to anonymity: Paloma San Basilio is also a painter, among other things. She has already exhibited her paintings in a number of occasions, and now that she will not do music she will use more time for her brushes and canvases.
Furthermore, Paloma will continue working on stages, but as a theater actress. She already gathered some experience on scene when she was in university. Furthermore, she has already been seen in stage productions of acclaimed musical theater plays such as the Spanish version of Evita (portraying the eponymous character), My Fair Lady, Victor or Victoria or El hombre de la Mancha. This time, her performances on the stage will not be supported by music. Which is precisely what she wants to prove: that she is capable of giving life to the character of a dramatic or comical play. It would appear that Nacho Artime, the theater producer who made the Spanish adaptation of the aforementioned musicals, is evaluating which play would fit best for San Basilio’s return to theater.
We will still have to wait for that. In the meantime, we will forever remember Paloma San Basilio’s voice and unforgettable songs, like La fiesta terminó, the one that she performed in Gothemburg, Sweden, when she represented Spain in the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest.