Andalusian Rock and Flamenco Icon Manuel Molina Dies at 67

Flamenco guitarist and Andalusian rock pioneer Manuel Molina Jiménez with his daughter Alba
Flamenco guitarist and Andalusian rock pioneer Manuel Molina Jiménez with his daughter Alba

 

Manuel Molina, a well-known Andalusian rock pioneer, singer-songwriter and flamenco guitarist, passed away on May 19, 2015 in San Juan de Aznalfarache (Sevilla, Spain).

Manuel Molina Jiménez was born in Ceuta (Spain) in 1948. He was a flamenco guitarist, like his father. Manuel joined the seminal rock band Smash in 1971. This Seville-based group was one of the first rock bands in southern Spain. Smash played a mix of blues-rock, progressive rock and psychedelia. They led the way to the celebrated Andalusian rock of the 1970s that fused flamenco and rock. With Smash, Manuel Molina recorded ‘We come to smash this time’ (Polygram Ibérica, 1971).

In 1972, Manuel and his wife, Dolores Montoya Rodriguez, better known as Lole, formed a duo called Lole y Manuel. They pioneered the nuevo flamencos sound by developing a style that appealed to non-flamenco fans.

The duo’s first recording was Nuevo dia, released in 1975. Lole y Manuel stayed together as a duo until 1993. Their discography includes Nuevo día – El origen de una leyenda (1975), Pasaje del agua (1976), Lole y Manuel (1977), Al alba con alegría, joined by progressive Andalusian rock band Imán, Califato Independiente (1980), Casta (1984), and Lole y Manuel cantan a Manuel de Falla (1992).

Lole y Manuel’s music appeared in Carlos Saura’s “Flamenco” film and “Kill Bill Vol. 2” by Quentin Taratino.

Manuel Molina and Lole’s daughter, Alba Molina Montoya, continues the family tradition. She’s a model and flamenco, jazz and blues singer.

 

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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