qvArtist of the Month: Monica Naranjo

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qvMagazine's August
Artist of the Month

Monica Naranjo!
Superstar Monica Naranjo sits down with qvMagazine and reveals
what it's like to be a controversial diva!

Monica Naranjo is arguably the strongest, most outspoken, and honest female pop diva today. The first release off her new disc, "Minage," is a controversial track called "Sobreviviré." This song has been censored by some radio stations because of its strong lyrical content. qvMagazine recently conducted a unique interview with the star in which she spoke about her new CD and other issues she finds important-including the virtue of honesty and her feelings on domestic abuse.

Tell us about your new album. The CD ("Minage") pays homage to Mina, a great Italian singer. She is the best European voice to date. It includes nine songs re-written with original lyrics (not an adaptation) in Spanish. Of the 143 Mina albums that are available, these nine songs have meant the most to me. Three of the songs are original. One of those songs, "El Se Encuentra Entre Tu y Yo," is a duet with Mina herself. The other two are "If You Leave Me Now" (an English track), and "Enamorada."

What was it like the first time you met Mina? How did you feel? I felt fine. She's a human being just like the rest of us. It was exciting, though.

Being in the music business is a lot of work. How do you prepare for that? The most important thing in this business is to keep the "crazy house" sane and very clean.

Do you meditate, eat certain foods? You don't drink or smoke, do you? I'm a very boring person. I don't drink or smoke. I don't cheat on my husband. It's a boring lifestyle, but it's sane.

What astrological sign are you? Gemini. They say that we're supposed to have a double personality, but nowadays who doesn't? You could be one person on the streets and a different person at home-so they say.

What can we expect to see on your world tour? Something very cybernetic. Something totally different from what I've done to this date.

Like a huge computer screen? Something like that. It's hard to describe. The stage will be something where the color silver is prominent. There will be phosphorous lights and huge ventilators.

Will you appear with your new black hair and butterfly wings like on your CD cover? Not with wings because that is too close to being an angel, and I'm nothing close to being one. (laughs) The wings on the CD cover are butterfly wings and represent a metamorphosis. What better way to represent that than with a butterfly!

With your new success and being sort of a nominated QV ambassador, is it your goal to acquire a lot more straight fans? For starters, the NO discrimination begins with the NON separation of people. There is no separation between the members of my public-everyone is the same. What I hope is that "Minage" communicates and reaches more people. Every time I hear someone talking about Monica Naranjo, it's always about her messages in her songs. I'd like to be remembered as a woman who said and did what she felt at every given moment.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I don't know. The only plans I make are from now through tomorrow. I never plan for the future because I don't know if I'll be alive then. I don't know what the future has in store for me, and I don't want to know either.

Apparently, your decision to record "Minage" right away was because you were on a very rocky plane flight which almost crashed. Is that true? "Minage" wasn't going to be the third album. I had to fly out to Lisbon to promote my last album. On the way back to Barcelona, one of the engines on the plane caught fire and we almost crashed. That's what pushed me a little to do "Minage" right away because I thought, "You never know what's going to happen."

With that in mind, would you consider motherhood? Someday, but not now. To be a mother, I'd have to leave this career. It's too difficult to manage both motherhood and this job with so many responsibilities at hand.

I read that you were very outspoken about domestic abuse. I come from a country (Spain) where many women die as a result of domestic abuse. Most of the judges in Spain are women and they are the worst! This is because the female judges in my country are afraid that they will be perceived as too feminist. That's not fair. I come from a country that when a man beats up his partner, he's simply fined $1000 and given a slap on the wrist. What do I think of this? I think it's a bunch of shit. Can you imagine the embarrassment that an afflicted woman feels when she files a report? I think it's a shame that at the beginning of the new millennium these things still occur and justice isn't served.

What would justice be? A man who beats up his partner should pay with very high penalties. Not financially, but rather in jail. Domestic abuse occurs in all levels of society, not just the lower ones. So sometimes, you see these millionaires getting off easily by paying a large sum of money. That is not the way to penalize. Something like that should be paid with many years of jail time. Domestic abuse affects so many people including children and it's a terrible shame.

What piece of advice could you give to your QV fans who read qvMagazine? I think that the best advice would be to live life to the fullest and to love. It doesn't matter how you love as long as you love. Don't pay attention to what the bad tongues say. "De poco en vida no valiste si envidiosos no tuviste" (You didn't mean very much in your life if you had no one to envy you) is a Spanish saying my grandmother used to say. In this case, it applies indirectly. There is a great deal of frustrated people who criticize homosexuals in a homophobic fashion and I've always said that those people who criticize homosexuals in a negative way are scared individuals who are nothing but frustrated QVs themselves.

Albums Available From Monica Naranjo

Monica Naranjo (1996)

 Palabra de Una Mujer (1997)

Minage (2000)

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