Fernando de la Morena, a leading figure of flamenco from the Santiago neighborhood of Jerez, passed away this week. Please enjoy the following three videos of him and this bulerías letra he sang. May he rest in peace.
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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:
Today, this first day of February, a letra from Manuel Machado along with a video of Paco de Lucía, La Tana, Duquende, Montse Cortés, Niño Josele, Antonio Serrano, Alain Perez, and El Piraña.
Las penas que tú me das
son penas y no son penas;
que tienen cositas malas,
y tienen cositas buenas.
A letra por bulerías and a video of Paco de Lucía & Camarón de la Isla.
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.
I told you that today I'd tell you about going to see Estrella Morente in Córdoba. So today I'll share a video of Estrella Morente and a song she sang at the show.
I want to tell you about the end of the show...
when she sang Volver as an encore.
A bit further down in the post you can see a video of her performing it and looking very beautiful.
We'll get to the song in a moment,
But first, about the show in Córdoba.