Madrid, Spain – The Best of José Merce DVD (EMI, 2004) features footage by one of Flamenco’s greatest living singers. The DVD’s menu offers several sections. There is a documentary entitled ‘Un cantaor de época‘ (‘A vintage cantaor’), which takes the viewer on a journey of the artist’s biography. It is an illustration of his childhood; it includes fragments of live performances, cuts from an unreleased interview and even pictures from the family photo album.
Two live performances are also included: the first was recorded at The Royal Theatre of Madrid where he
performed Aire and the second at The Villamarta Theatre in Jerez. The DVD would not be complete with the ‘Lío’ single which comes in the shape and form of a black and white release which relates to the love of daily life and a directory of the discography that he has recorded with Virgin Records since 1998.
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.