Ralphie Choo on World Cafe
Ralphie Choo
Studio Session
  • "Bulerías de un Caballo Malo"
  • "NHF"
  • "Tango de una Moto Trucada"

Imagine traditional Spanish styles, like flamenco, and Latin American sounds, like cumbia, fused together by a melange of electronic and hip-hop influences. (It should come as no surprise, then, that one of Choo’s earliest songs is a re-working of Rosalía and Ozuna’s “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi.”)

Today, for the show’s Sense of Place: Madrid series, Choo performs live from Metropol Studios in Madrid; he’s sharing songs from his brand-new debut album, Supernova (out Sept. 15).

Ralphie Choo with World Cafe host Raina Douris during Choo’s World Cafe performance at Metropol Studios in Madrid.

In between his set, Choo tells us more about his musical journey so far and what moves him to create such a complex mix of sounds.

“It’s just fun,” he says. “I feel like everything’s been done already, but there are tiny gaps here and there where you can connect disparate pieces and come up with something beautiful and enjoyable.”

Tune into the full conversation and performance in the audio player above, and check out the rest of the sessions from World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Madrid series.

Special thanks to the on-site production team in Madrid: video producer Jorge Antequera; camera operators Sebastián Cáceres, Mey Montero and Jorge Antequera; sound engineer Francisco Meneses; assistant engineer Jorge Rodriguez; and Metropol production team members Alex Cappa, Susana Saavedra and Sergio Jiménez.

World Cafe producer Miguel Perez contributed to this post.

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World Cafe: 09/14/2023