The art of the "Sordera" in Lela Soto
Lela Soto comes from one of the most artistic family sagas in flamenco singing: "Los Sordera". The young woman, with her own talent and wisdom, has carved out a great career, which we review in this post.
Lela Soto is a gypsy singer, known in the history of flamenco singing under the artistic name of Lela Soto "Sordera", she was born in Madrid in 1992, and is the daughter of the flamenco singer Vicente Soto and granddaughter of the great Manuel Soto 'El Sordera'.
Her singing is rooted in the most traditional flamenco, although she also uses avant-garde touches in her music, with influences from Jazz, Blues and Salsa in her voice.
Without a doubt, she assumes the responsibility of the surname she carries and her good conditions as a cantaora make her a figure of flamenco singing, as she has already demonstrated in her passage through some peñas such as the Buena Gente.
Awards for Lela Soto's art
In 2017 she won the Concurso de Cantiñas in Cádiz a "Beca Acciona" to study in the flamenco school of the Foundation and as an extra prize she obtains the participation in the cycle Flamenco Viene del Sur 2018, organised by the Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco, together with the winner of the Concurso de Guitarra de Acompañamiento, Blas Martínez, and the winner of the Concurso de Baile Flamenco, Adrián Domínguez.
The cantaora has been asked by some of the most important Spanish artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Pitingo, Navajita Plateá or Diego del Morao to collaborate in their recordings or tours.
As a solo artist, Lela Soto has recorded several songs that have been successfully disseminated through digital platforms. She has put music to the brand "Ron Dos Maderas" of Bodegas Williams & Humbert and has participated in the CD Homenaje a Lola Flores, performing "Torbellino de colores".
Lela Soto's path abroad
Thanks to her concerts, she has toured stages and flamenco clubs in different parts of Spain and abroad. In 2016 she started touring with Vicente Soto "Sordera", performing in the Viernes Flamencos de Jerez and in the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. As a solo artist he has performed in Madrid at the Sala García Lorca. In 2017 she toured California, promoted by the Flamenco Society of the United States, and performed at the prestigious World Music Festival in Copenhagen (Denmark).
Lela Soto performs accompanied by the great artists: Nono Jero on guitar, Luis de Pekín on percussion, Rafael Soto on vocals and Juan Diego Valencia on hand-clapping. A whole cast that fills the stage of the artist with art and flamenco that you can enjoy in ALLFLAMENCO.