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Bulerías de Manuel Moneo | The Weekly Letra

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Bulerías de Manuel Moneo | The Weekly Letra

Flamenco singer Manuel Moneo passed away earlier this week. 

The huge mural of him that you see in the picture above was steps away from where we study bulerí­as on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez in the historic flamenco neighborhood of San Miguel. (You can see a video on the making of the mural below.)

Manuel was known for his siguiriyas and soleá. Here you can watch him singing martinete in Carlos Saura's movie, Flamenco.

To sing flamenco well one needs to be able to feel and to love,

~ Manuel Moneo

He talks about this concept in the video interview below where you'll not only hear some of his story but also learn about the importance of el Barrio San Miguel, La Plazuela, to flamenco. 

But first, let's listen to him sing por bulerías (con mucho arte). Here is one of the letras you'll hear:

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Paco & Camarón por bulerías | viernes con una letra

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Paco & Camarón por bulerías | viernes con una letra

A letra por bulerías and a video of Paco de Lucía & Camarón de la Isla.

Bulerías

Tú le estás pidiendo a Dios 
que mi madre se muriera 
ya mi madre se murió
ya no hay quién te quiera 
que menos te voy a querer yo.

You are asking God 
that my mother should die 
now my mother has died 
and there is nobody left to love you
and I'll love you even less.

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A Magic Bridge | Viernes con una Letra

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A Magic Bridge | Viernes con una Letra

Today's letra has me dreaming. I wish it had occurred to me a couple of weeks ago while in San Diego when Margot asked to learn a new song.  Because this one feels just right for my sobrinas.

I want what it speaks of.

Un puente.  Yes, a bridge.  And I would make it a magic bridge.  A bridge that could take us over a thousand miles in mere minutes.  Oh the visits we would have!

Anyway, we can sing it together next time.

For today, I share it with you.

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