Flamenco Singer ‘El Turronero’ Dies at 59

Manuel Mancheno Peña,  "El Turronero
Manuel Mancheno Peña, “El Turronero

Utrera (Sevilla), Spain – Singer Manuel Mancheno Peña, known artistically as “El Turronero”, died September 1st at a Sevilla hospital of a stroke. He was 59.

Mancheno Peña was born in Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz) in 1947, but he lived in Utrera (Sevilla), a hotbed of flamenco performers. The singer was a well known performer in Flamenco circles for many years until he started suffering ailments that left him partially paralyzed.

His singing style was influenced by Utrera legends such as Perrate, Fernanda and Bernarda de Utrera, Gaspar de Utrera, and Manuel el de Angustias.

The “El Turronero” name came from his family’s trade. His parents were traveling sellers of turrón, the popular Spanish nougat.