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Artist Profiles: Rosario Lazo Montoya “Reina Gitana”

Rosario Lazo Montoya “Reina Gitana”

Flamenco pianist Rosario Lazo Montoya “Reina Gitana” was born in Jerez de la Frontera on April 29, 1974.

The Reina Gitana (Gypsy Queen) grew up in a gypsy family full of artists. Her father is Antonio “El Pescaero”, owner of a flamenco fan club in Jerez that bears his name. Her maternal grandfather was a great guitarist and so is her uncle. Her aunt Rosario Montoya was a singer that toured the world with her own company. Her grandmother Pilar Montoya was also a great dancer.

Rosario studied at the Royal Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Cádiz, where she obtained the first prize for composition.

She is the first gypsy woman in Spain that received a degree as piano teacher and instrumentalist.

She has performed at major venues throughout Spain and also appeared on various TV and radio networks, such as Televisión Española, Canal Sur, Canal 2 Andalucía and Onda Jerez.

Rosario is passionate about pure, traditional flamenco.

Discography:

Muchelumbre ‎(Satélite K, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Pedro El Granaino

Pedro El Granaino – Photo by Leo Sánchez

Gypsy singer Pedro Heredia Reyes, better known as Pedro El Granaino, was born in Granada, Spain in 1973. Singing was part of his life from the day he was born.

He has worked with great flamenco artists such as Los Farruco, Vicente Amigo, Tomatito and Enrique Morente, among others.

In 2012 he began his solo career. Since then, he has won praise for his singing and his deep knowledge of the flamenco tradition. Pedro El Granaino is considered one of the best singers of the current scene.

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Artist Profiles: Antonio Reyes Montoya

Antonio Reyes Montoya

Antonio Reyes Montoya was born in Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain in 1975. He grew up in a family with deep flamenco roots. His maternal grandfather is Antonio Montoya and his uncle Roque Montoya “Jarrito.” Antonio Reyes is also related to José Cortés Jiménez, “Pansequito”.

He appeared on stage for the first time when he was 7 years old, at the Fiesta de la Parpuja de Chiclana. In 1984, he performed at the bullring in Jerez, on Flamenco Thursdays, organized by the guitarist Manuel Morao. At 10, he won the first prize in Fuengirola, in the youth category.

In 1988, at the age of 13, he was a finalist in the Mairena del Alcor competition and traveled throughout the United States with the Gitanos de Jerez Company directed by Manuel Morao and later in Europe with the Misa Flamenca show.

In 2009 he recorded his first album “Viento del Sur”. In 2014, he won the “Giraldillo al cante” of the Flamenco Biennial of Seville, as the jury appreciated “for incorporating his personality into the legacy of the great masters” and in 2015 he recorded his second album with guitarist Diego del Morao.

Discography:

Viento del Sur (Bujio, 2009)
Antonio Reyes / Diego Del Morao – Directo en el Círculo Flamenco de Madrid ‎(El Flamenco Vive, 2016)

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Artist Profiles: Alonso Núñez Heredia ‘El Purili’

Alonso Núñez Heredia – “El Purili”

Alonso Núñez Heredia, better known as ‘El Purili’was born in La Línea de la Concepción, Spain in 2000. He stood out as a child for his talent as a singer and dancer, performing flamenco from an early age. For many fans, he is one of the rising talents of flamenco art.

He grew up in a household where everyone was a flamenco fan and attended three-day long celebrations. His great grandparents were flamenco performers.

El Purili’s greatest influence is Perico El Pañero. A friend told him to check out his music. El Purili got on Youtube and found one of Perico’s performances, singing tonás. Eventually El Purili met Perico at a flamenco peña (flamenco fan club).

Other musical influences include current artists José de la Tomasa, Cancanilla, Tío Manuel Moneo and some of the great voices of the past like Antonio Mairena, Manuel Torre, Juanito Mojama, Niña de los Peines, Curro and Manuel Mairena.

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Artist Profiles: The Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers are Pakistan’s best known, phenomenally successful family of devotional singers, hailing from Kalyana in the East Punjab and with over 30 years of sung religious poetry behind them.

Backed by their five instrumental accompanists, the four Sabris – whose lineage stretches back to the 16th century to the revered Mian Tansen, a singer at Emperor Akbar’s court – are led by the soaring voices of the late Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri, whose periodic refrain of ‘Allah’ between songs has become a Sabri signature, and his younger brother Haji Maqbool Sabri. Both are internationally respected for their raw, energetic, highly original style in delivering popular pieces from the traditional Qawwali repertoire, and a unique percussion style.

Discography:

Balaghal Ula Be Kamalehi (EMI, 1971)
Nazana-E-Aqidat (Angel Records, 1974)
Sabri Brothers (Odeon, 1975)
Qawwal and Party (EMI, 1975)
Sabri Brothers (Angel Records, 1975)
Maqbool Sabri Sings Ghazals and Muqabala With Chanda Khanam (Star Records, 1975)
Ya Sahib ul Jamal (Odeon, 1977)
Sabri Brothers (EMI, 1979)
Sultan-e-Haram Ho Jaye Karam (EMI, 1980)
Sabri Brothers In Concert (Angel Records, 1981)
Ek Lajwab Peskash – Ghazals (His Master’s Voice, 1982)
Jhoot Ke Paon Nahin (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Behtareen Ghazlen (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Nazr-E-Shah Karim (AEA, 1983)
Ya Habib (Real World Records, 1990)
New Qawwalis 1990 (EMI, 1990)
Qawwali Masterworks (Piranha, 1991)
Pyar Ke Morr Live In U.K. Vol 1 (Star Compact Disc, 1992)
Doolha Heryaley (Multitone Prestige, 1993)
Ya Mustapha (Xenophile Records, 1996)
Jami (Piranha, 1996)
Maqbool Sabri Mahmood Sabri Qawwal Volume 3 (Sonic Enterprises, 1999)
Live In Moscow. Diwani (2003)

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Artist Profiles: David de Jacoba

David de Jacoba

David de Jacoba was born in Motril, Granada in 1985. He has a unique vocal style and exceptional ability as a singer. Since he arrived in Madrid in 2008, he began to sing along with great flamenco artist such as El Niño Josele, Joaquín Cortés and Tomatito.

David de Jacoba – Photo by David Mudarra

In 2010 he joined the group of Paco de Lucía, with whom he toured for three consecutive years.

At the end of 2014 he released his first album, Jubileo, that included well known artists such as Vicente Amigo, Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona.

Discography:

Jubileo ‎(Nuba Records, 2014)

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Artist Profiles: Collettivo Decanter

Collettivo Decanter

Collettivo Decanter was formed in Turin in 2012 by vibraphonist and keyboardist Marta Caldara (Syndone, Extremadura), guitarist Marco Perona (Mystical Trio), vocalist Alessia Galeotti (Jazz Art Orchestra, Gipsy Soul, Organic Quartet) and multi-instrumentalist and composer Vincent Boniface (L’Orage, TocTocToc, Pitularita, Extremadura) with the intention of creating of their own musical compositions, including songs and instrumental.

The ensemble skillfully mixes the deep traditional transalpine folk music with soulful flamenco soul and jazz vocals. The result is a multifaceted world music project that explores various rhythms and melodies.

The first album, Aria con da capo was released in 2012.

Emilia d’Hercole is the second album (Visage Music) featuring a mature quartet with an intense Mediterranean sound.

Collettivo Decanter –

The lineup in 2019 included Alessia Galeotti on vocals; Marta Caldara on piano; Marco Perona on guitar; and Vincent Boniface on accordion and winds.

Discography:

Aria con da capo (Dodicilune, 2012)
Emilia d’Hercole (Visage Music, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: Shono

Shono

Combining the traditions of Buryat-Mongolian, the sound of Siberia and rock music, Shono (wolf in Buryat) Band was found in 2014 by musician and throat singer Alexander Arkhincheyev. Shono Band leans heavily on the Buryat musical traditions that includes musical epics or uligers, throat singing and the horse-head fiddle backing the lot with guitar, bass and drum driven rock music.

The group has received accolades on the Russian festival circuit and in performance spots in Russia and Siberia.

Shono released their first recording Okhotniki (Hunters) in 2015.

Shono Band’s members include Alexander Arkhincheev on throat singing vocals, moriin khuur, tsoor, sukha and huur, Evguenia Tomitova on yataga, Konstatin Tokarsky on drums and Vladimir Sidorov on vocals bass guitar and vargan.

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Artist Profiles: Sattuma

Sattuma

Formed in 2003 in Petrozavodsk, Russian Karelia, Sattuma is a Russian Karelian neo-folk music band that plays both traditional as well as their own compositions and arrangements, singing in Finnish, Russian and Karelian. They can often be scene on the concert hall, club and festival circuit. The name Sattuma is from the Finnish meaning “hitting the mark” or “chance or happenstance.”

Sattuma’s musicians are Eila Rinne on vocals, violin and jouhikko, Arto Rinne on vocals, bouzuki, kantele, harmonica and accordion, Vladik Demin on violin, flute, jembe and vocals and Dmitri Demin on clarinet, flute, mankeri, bagpipes, jembe, didgeridoo and saw.

Sattuma’s discography consists of Folk Music from Karelia and Finland (2003), Kudelma (2005), Palapeli (Sketis Music, 2008), Kinofilmi (2010), Joo Kylla! (Sketis Music, 2013) and Uuzi Kodi (2014). There is also the DVD of a 2010 performance of Live in Moscow. Club Dom available.

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Artist Profiles: Noid

Noid

Noid is a musical ensemble from Petrozavodsk in Karelia, Russia, founded in 2007. The ensemble composes, arranges and performs traditional songs in the Veps language, with world music or world fusion-style arrangements. The Vepses is a small indegious Finno-Ugric ethnic group located in Russian Karelia bordering Finland.

The name of the band is an ancient Vepsian magical word that could be translated as a sorceress/sorcerer, or a witch/wizard. Every Vepsian village had its own noid.

Band members include Alina Kartynen on vocals; Vladimir Solovjev on keyboards; and Alexander Shashin on bass.

Discography:

Kukirikku – The Music Of Vepses (2010)

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