Artist Profiles: Rafael Riqueni

Rafael Riqueni – Photo by Mario Pacheco

Rafael Riqueni del Canto was born in the Triana barrio of Seville in 1962. He is one of the top guitarists in the world and belongs to the generation that comes after Paco de Lucía’s.
At the age of 15 he won the most prestigious national award for Flamenco guitar, the Ramón Montoya Award for concert guitar given in Córdoba. Riqueni continued his training performing at tablaos (Flamenco nightclubs) and accompanying famous Spanish singers and dancers. In 1981 Riqueni won another National award, this time in Jerez. As a result, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain commissioned him to play as a national representative.

In 1986 Riqueni recorded his first solo album performing his own compositions. Since then he has developed his career as a composer and solo performer, although he still accompanies some top Flamenco singers.

Riqueni’s technique is faultless and implacable. He’s got a very elegant touch, full of sensibility and astonishing and rich melodies that evoke the unmistakable aroma of the Triana neighborhood where he grew up.

Rafael Riqueni stopped performing and recording in 1997 due to health reasons. In 2011 he made a comeback, performing with various well-known artists at festivals and working on a new album.

Discography:

Juego De Niños (Nuevos Medios, 1986)
Flamenco (Flamencos Accidentales, 1987)
Mi Tiempo (Nuevos Medios, 1990)
Suite Sevilla ‎(JMS Records, 1993)
Maestros (Discos Probeticos, 1994)
Alcázar De Cristal (Auvidis Ethnic, 1996)
Parque De María Luisa ‎(Universal Music, 2017)

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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