Tarbes: Doya, two sisters who sublimate flamenco music

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Mélissa and Marina Doya have made their classes in Tarbes and their reputation internationally. United by a passion for flamenco, they opened up to other more pop or electro universes and became known on social networks. Today, the two Doya sisters have signed with a label and a turner for an already exhilarating 2023. On Sunday, they were on the legendary Bikini stage.

For the Doya sisters, the music did not wait. Although precocious to speak, Melissa sang before pronouncing her first words. When his one year younger Marina only let go at the sight of the paternal guitar. Also, very quickly, the two girls integrate the conservatory of Tarbes. “As a child, I was amazed by violin concerts on TV, says Marina, her eyes still vibrant. So when my grandmother rented me my first instrument, I slept with it…” For Mélissa, this will be the saxophone when they share percussion and choral singing lessons, taking advantage of the flexible schedule class at Victor Hugo College.

The children of yesterday have grown up well, but the passion is still shared at 27 and 28 years old. Better, if the two sisters have won their diploma (works supervisor for Marina and physiotherapist for Mélissa), they live from music, proudly displaying their “Doya” identity, both in town and on stage. “We always followed our thread, never being too serious but hardworking.” During a trip to Granada at the end of college, Mélissa fell under the spell of flamenco music. A fever that will quickly contaminate his youngest. “It took us out of the classic. There was something fascinating in seeing these musicians play everything by ear, without sheet music or school, but with a real framework.”

From flamenco to pop and electro

For five years, flamenco monopolizes the duo, before each opens up to other worlds, pop for Mélissa on saxophone, techno for Marina’s electro violin, then they both finally find each other, on the occasion of the festivals in the village of their ancestors, Sotoserramo near Salamanca. “It’s the first time we’ve been together, alone on stage. Usually we were always surrounded by talented guitarists. There, we managed, we took it upon ourselves to get there.” Very quickly, the concert overtakes the village of 700 souls. A first video will collect 140,000 views on social networks, a second, a medley of summer 2018 hits, will exceed one million. Their career then took off across the whole of southern Europe. “We got our first fees very young. It also allowed us to have our youth, to buy things that our family could not afford. Music saved us, motivated us. Without that, we would have had a life much more difficult. That’s also why we keep our heads on our shoulders. We’ve always supported each other. If it works, it works for both of us. It’s huge.”

“Two, we have a strength…”

Thanks to the deconfinement, the career of the Doyas changes dimension. They sign with the Pyrenean label Home for a first album which will be released in the coming months. Recently, they entrusted to Live nation their future tour which will pass by many festivals. “Everything went well, confess Marina and Mélissa, always fusional. We are complementary. We often say that we are one in two. We have a strength. Our Spanish origins make us hot-blooded, but we knows that we speak truthfully. It’s healthy. And in the end, we get along really well.” Also, their flamenco pop, polished on both sides of the Pyrenees, is now ready to topple mountains. “To have a goal, in addition in common, it carries us. There are people who have a lot of talent, more than us, but we are two to have shared the same course, lived the same experiences. We transmit together that whole thing. It’s our style, unique.”

On the Bikini stage on Sunday before Tryo

Before scouring the summer stages, it was in Toulouse that Mélissa and Marina Doya played in front of more than 1,500 people this Sunday, as the first part of Tryo au Bikini. “Students, that’s where we spent our best evenings, they savor. It was great to discover the backstage. We were very well received. We were able to interact with the public, as with Tryo. We s is regaled.” A foretaste of the sweet encounters that await the Tarbes duo this year.