When singer-songwriter Michael McDonald finished this reimagined version of the Doobie Brothers’ “You Belong To Me” he knew he wanted Spanish flamenco-fusion singer María Concepción Balboa Buika to be his duet partner.
Michael McDonald says about the collaboration: “I’ve recently had the great privilege to perform with one of my all-time favorite vocalists, Buika on ‘You Belong to Me’. After the song was finished, it was obvious that I needed to ask Buika to be a part of it. Bringing this song to life has been a fantastic journey for both of us, and I’m so proud to have been able to be a part of it with her. I hope you’ll give it a listen.”
Buika says: “I am very glad to be part of this beautiful collaboration where two different voices get together to celebrate and spread the most valuable thing we have as human beings, which is love. Thanks so much to Michael for letting me be a part of this new version of “You Belong to Me.”
María Concepción Balboa Buika, born in Mallorca, daughter of Equatorial Guinean parents from the Bubi tribe, is a latin grammy winner, and many times Grammy nominee, aside of being a winner of many different international awards. She has worked with a variety of great artist and talented musicians such as Seal, Anoushka Shankar, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman.
Michael McDonald wrote “You Belong To Me” together with American singer-songwriter Carly Simon. Originally recorded by The Doobie Brothers for their seventh studio album “Livin’ On The Fault Line” in 1977, the song was made famous by Simon when she recorded it for her studio album “Boys In The Trees” a year later, with her then husband James Taylor as backing vocalist. Simon’s version was a hit and reached number 6 in the USA.