Antonio Moreno Carrasco, better known as Antonio Malena (Malena is his mother’s artistic name), was born in Jerez in 1961. He is deeply influenced by Jerez’s flamenco traditions. At the age of nine while singing Seguiriyas with the guitarist Moraíto Chico he appeared on Spanish public TV’s (RTVE) ‘Rito y geografía del cante’ show.
From this moment on he began a career that led him to perform at the leading festival and tablaos (nightclubs) and major theatres of the world. Notable among these are Bienal de Sevilla, Potaje de Utrera, Festival de Jerez. In tablaos such as ‘La Venta el Gato’ in Madrid, ‘Carmen Amaya’ in Barcelona, ‘Gitanillo’ in Córdoba. His concert appearances have included theatres in Spain, Holland, Japan and the United States.
Although primarily a solo artist, Antonio Malena has collaborated with other artists such as Faíco, Mario Escudero, Angelita Vargas.
As principal singer, he has taken part in flamenco shows such as ‘Sentir flamenco’, ‘Vivencias’ with Antonio el Pipa , ‘Arte y solera’ with the Japanese artists Mami y Hiro, and ‘Sonidos gitanos’ by María Bermúdez, among others.
Since 2001, Antonio Malena has been working with dancer and choreographer María del Mar Moreno. In 2005 they founded a company called Jerez Puro, where Antonio Malena serves as artistic director and lead vocalist for the company’s shows.
Yo soy así, así soy yo (Fonotrón, 1997)
Para ti mi cante… que es mi libertad (Palomino Productions, 2012)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.