Utilizamos cookies para mejorar nuestros servicios, analizar y personalizar tu navegación. Si sigues navegando por nuestra web, consideramos que aceptas su uso.

Preferencias de Privacidad

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information through your browser, usually in the form of cookies. Since we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to permit data collection from certain types of services. However, not allowing these services may impact your experience.

Necesarias
  • Privacy Policy
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Assumenda, dolorum, vero ipsum molestiae minima odio quo voluptate illum excepturi quam cum voluptates doloribus quae nisi tempore necessitatibus dolores ducimus enim libero eaque explicabo suscipit animi at quaerat aliquid ex expedita perspiciatis? Saepe, aperiam, nam unde quas beatae vero vitae nulla.
    REQUIRED
  • Content Delivery Network
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Assumenda, dolorum, vero ipsum molestiae minima odio quo voluptate illum excepturi quam cum voluptates doloribus quae nisi tempore necessitatibus dolores ducimus enim libero eaque explicabo suscipit animi at quaerat aliquid ex expedita perspiciatis? Saepe, aperiam, nam unde quas beatae vero vitae nulla.
    REQUIRED
De terceros
  • Google (Google Tag Manager.)
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Assumenda, dolorum, vero ipsum molestiae minima odio quo voluptate illum excepturi quam cum voluptates doloribus quae nisi tempore necessitatibus dolores ducimus enim libero eaque explicabo suscipit animi at quaerat aliquid ex expedita perspiciatis? Saepe, aperiam, nam unde quas beatae vero vitae nulla.
  • Mailchimp (Mail Services and Newsletter)
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Assumenda, dolorum, vero ipsum molestiae minima odio quo voluptate illum excepturi quam cum voluptates doloribus quae nisi tempore necessitatibus dolores ducimus enim libero eaque explicabo suscipit animi at quaerat aliquid ex expedita perspiciatis? Saepe, aperiam, nam unde quas beatae vero vitae nulla.

Top 7 interesting facts about Camarón de la Isla

Did you know that Camarón wanted to be a guitarist and a bullfighter? And what about the secret ingredient of his voice? Keep reading

top-7-interesting-facts-about-camaron-de-la-isla

Although many flamenco lovers get excited when they hear the name José Monje Cruz, many more do when they hear his artistic name, "Camarón de la Isla". The gypsy singer is probably the greatest flamenco emblem of all time. Just like Michael Jackson to pop or Elvis Presley to rock and roll. That's why, on the 30th anniversary of his death, we want to remember him with affection, appreciation and above all curiosity. How? By highlighting some little known but very interesting facts. Here are 7 CURIOSITIES ABOUT CAMARÓN'S LIFE:  

1. Before Camarón, what was he called?

You may have heard why he was given the name Camarón. Because he was a slim and blond boy, like that seafood. But, do you know what he was called before? Pijote Chico. His older brother, Jesús, was called Pijote, so they didn't complicate things any further. It wasn't until his uncle told him he looked like a shrimp that they changed his name. 

2.    The recipe of his voice

Can you imagine Camarón's voice as a child? Among those who saw him sing as a child, it is said that he was already a prodigy. That he already had music in his throat. No wonder, when he was still very young, he won the first contests that accelerated his fame.  However, he preferred his voice to tobacco, which leads us to the following fact.  

3.    Up to 70 cigarettes a day

Camarón used to say that to warm up his voice before singing he needed to smoke a few Winston cigarettes, but his social enviroment counted up to 70 cigarettes a day. In fact, in the book written after the artist's death, between Camarón's wife, La Chispa, and journalist Alfonso Rodríguez, the cantaor's own psychiatrist, Marcelo Camus, assured that his only true addiction was tobacco. That is why, after countless cancer treatments, he decided to continue smoking and simply enjoy the time he had left surrounded by his loved ones. 

4.    Camarón's true passion

Few people know that what Camarón wanted to be a bullfighter. Since he was a child he was fascinated by bulls, perhaps because his father's forge was right next to the bullring. When he was still very young he liked to play with bulls and even had a bullfighting suit. Maybe that's why Camarón and Curro Romero admired each other. so much Because the cantaor wanted to be a bullfighter and the bullfighter wanted to be a cantaor. Such was their connection that even when Camarón released his last album, Potro de Rabia y Miel, an opening performance with Curro Romero was being prepared for the VII Bienal de Arte Flamenco de Sevilla. Unfortunately, lung cancer took him a couple of months before.   

5.    His first steps with the guitar

Following the search for his talent in his Spanish roots, Camarón also fantasized about playing the guitar. Even though as a child he would start playing every time he saw a Spanish guitar, and even though he can be seen in many videos singing and playing at the same time, the truth is that Camarón was never able to develop his mastery of the guitar as much as he would have liked, because he was called to sing. But like many passionate people, he turned the guitar into a hobby. That is why at the end of his life he accumulated a large collection of guitars.

6.    The sweetness of failure

Failure is part of success, even if it is difficult to see at the moment. Camarón understood this the day he released his most revolutionary album, La Leyenda del Tiempo. Already handling the classic flamenco palos and being in Madrid, Camarón came up with the idea of fusing the purest of flamenco with other music that could fit in, such as jazz or rock and even some distant instruments, such as the Indian sitar. However, this novelty was not well received by the public. At the time of its release, it sold barely 6,000 copies.

The listeners, unaccustomed to that mixture, reproached Camarón for having lost his purity. Hence the famous interview in which he replied: "Purity can never be lost when you really have it inside you. The only thing I see is that people still don't understand me the way I sing, people still haven't understood my way of feeling". 

7. What do Camarón's children do?

Few people can imagine what it means to be the son of a legendary figure. Among those few are Camarón's four sons, who are making their way in the artistic world in different ways. 

His son, Luis, is a flamenco guitarist, embodying one of Camarón's own dream careers. Gema and Rocío, for their part, have dabbled in the world of singing, but what concerns them most is winning the incessant fight for their father's image rights, of which the family has commented more than once that they feel deprived. 

The younger brother, José, has continued in the footsteps of flamenco singing, but he has done so from an innovative point of view. José, known artistically as Mancloy, is dedicated to rap and trap with flamenco touches. In his songs, he comments: "They say I have to sing like my father, in the end I came out a rapper. Don't compare me, I'm just me and Camarón is the greatest".