Jon Maia (I)

Born in 1972, Jon Maia is currently one of the Basque Country’s best bertsolaris (improvisers)
Jon Maia (I)

Born in Urretxu in Gipuzkoa in 1972, Jon Maia is currently one of the Basque Country’s leading bertsolaris (improvisers). He also writes in the press, and is a writer and singer.

His parents are Andalusian. Despite not being of Basque origin, they sent both their children to the Ikastola, a Basque-medium school, to enable them to integrate more easily.

Jon Maia has always felt Basque, but admits he has a dual culture, both "Andalusian and Basque".

‘"What do we know

About what we are and what we were

We have many things to do

We have done a lot

In the sea I want to find

The image of this country

May it always be the same

And always different."

Translation of the improvised verse by Jon Maia.