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The 4th edition of ‘FlamencoEñe’ returns to Malaga in June 2019

Israel Fernandez

The 4th Flamenco Show for International Programmers FlamencoEñe 2019 will be held from June 27 to 29, 2019 in Malaga, Spain. The initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Museo Picasso Málaga and the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco-Regional Secretary of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía, aims to internationalize flamenco made in Spain.

Lela Soto

For three days, the Picasso Museum in Málaga Auditorium (Calle San Agustín, 8) will host a total of 12 concerts in showcase format with some of the most representative proposals of contemporary Spanish flamenco. The program combines the usual names and acquaintances of the current scene with young talents, featuring a wide range of styles: Ana Crismán Arpa Jonda, Las Bautistas, Carrasco Family Project, La Fabi, Israel Fernandez and Diego del Morao, José del Tomate and their group, Lela Soto, La Negra and Panky, Pedro Ojesto & Flamenco Jazz Company, Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela, Rafael Riqueni and Rancapino Chico.

Along with the public, FlamencoEñe will be attended by representatives of various festivals and promoters from around the world, invited by the SGAE Foundation so that they can come into direct contact with the participating musicians and promote new ways of collaboration. Thus, during the three days of the event, musicians will perform live and also hold professional meetings with flamenco programmers from all over the world.

The fourth edition of FlamencoEñe has a heterogeneous roster with edgy presentations, highlighting young flamenco creators who are conquering the genre. This is the case of Ana Crismán, who will perform her Arpa Jonda (deep harp) project; the sisters from Alicante, Tere and Ángela, known artistically as Las Bautista; Fabiola Pérez -‘La Fabi’- who will present her latest album: Fruto y flores; the youngest heiress of the the Sordera Family, Lela Soto; and the fusion with charm of La Negra & El Panky.

Flamenco roots and its heritage will also be present in this edition of FlamencoEñe with the presence of artists such as Rancapino Chico, considered ‘the artistic son of Camarón.’

Attendees will also experience the live performance of José del Tomate and his group, son of guitarist Tomatito; or the Habichuela dynasty with Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela, founder of La Barbería del Sur, son of the great guitarist Luis Habichuela, nephew of Juan Habichuela and Pepe Habichuela. Also Diego Carrasco, one of the current references of avant-garde flamenco, will perform in Malaga to present his show Family Project, accompanied by some members of his lineage.

Finally, FlamencoEñe will allow present flamenco fusion and traditional flamenco. This is the case of Sevillian maestro Rafael Riqueni, considered one of the most prestigious guitar players of the moment.

Another proposal will come from Israel Fernandez (vocals) and Diego del Morao (guitar), undoubtedly, one of the leading flamenco couples at this time; Madrid pianist Pedro Ojesto has also been selected for this show. He will arrive to Malaga with the Flamenco Jazz Company, a project he leads and in which flamenco and jazz merge.


Artist Profiles: Diego Carrasco

Diego Carrasco – Photo by Mario Pacheco

Diego Carrasco Fernández was born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) in 1954. He studied flamenco guitar in Jerez de la Frontera with master player Rafael del Aguila. During his first phase as a professional musician Carrasco accompanied on the guitar some of the biggest flamenco singers in his home town, such as Tía Anica la Periñaca, Tío Gregorio El Borrico, Fernando Terremoto, Sernita de Jerez, etc.

During that period, Carrasco’s artistic name was “Tate de Jerez.” He also accompanied some of the leading dancers like Alejandro Vega and Antonio Gades. His interest in other musical styles led him to collaborate with rock singer Miguel Ríos, creating a fusion of Flamenco and rock. After that there were other collaborations, with guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar and the most important Flamenco singer of the late 20th century, Camarón de la Isla.

In 1984 Diego Carrasco gave a radical turn to his profession as a musician. The guitarist known as El Tate disappeared and in his place appeared flamenco singer Diego Carrasco. His activity as a composer and producer has been endless. He composed music for the ballets of Joaquín Cortés and produced a series of very reputable recordings, such as the one by his regular accompanist, guitarist Manuel Morao, and also a series of recordings by some of the finest Flamenco singing families from Jerez. Carrasco has continued his collaboration with Manolo Sanlúcar and with many other artists, mainly younger ones- like Navajita Plateá, Tino di Geraldo and Tomasito.

Diego Carrasco can only create in state of trance and, paradoxically, his knowledge about studio recording and new technologies helps him reach that point where the art form appears seemingly spontaneous and easy. To do this he has had the complicity of the composer and producer Jesús Bola, as well as in previous cases where producer Ricardo Pachón made decisive contributions.

On Inquilino Del Mundo, Diego deepened his interest in the basic beat of Flamenco and continued searching for a primordial and unreachable lament within the perfumes of Andalusian song. As usual, Manuel Morao was on guitar and also his son Diego del Morao, las Peligro and La Venta on backing vocals, the handclapping dervishes from Jerez, Chicharo, Rafa and Bo Soto and, in an even more evident way than previous occasions, the notable rhythmic base present in most Nuevo Flamenco recordings: bass master Carles Benavent and percussion wiz Tino di Geraldo together with flutist Jorge Pardo.


Cantes y sueños (RCA, 1984)
Tomaquetoma (RCA, 1987)
Voz de referencia (Nuevos Medios, 1993)
A tiempo (Nuevos Medios, 1994)
Inquilino del Mundo (Nuevos Medios, 2000)
Mi ADN flamenco (Nuevos Medios, 2004)
Hippytano (Rumor Records, 2012)
No marrecojo (Nuevos Medios, 2017)