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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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Las Penas Que Tú Me Das | The Weekly Letra

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Las Penas Que Tú Me Das | The Weekly Letra

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. 

Malagueñas
Manuel Machado

Las penas que tú me das
son penas y no son penas;
que tienen cositas malas,
y tienen cositas buenas.

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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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Come Back | Viernes con una Letra

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Come Back | Viernes con una Letra

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.

She does it as a bulerías. I discovered that it was originally a tango, not the flamenco kind, the Argentinian kind, by Carlos Gardel and that the words were written by Alfredo Le Pera.

We'll get to the song in a moment,

But first, about the show in Córdoba.

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