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Remembering Camarón

Camarón at a festival during the height of his career.
Camarón at a festival during the height of his career. / T. Bryant
  • Torremolinos is set to host the latest homage to Camarón de la Isla on Saturday 9 December

The voice and image of Camarón de la Isla, the world's most celebrated flamenco singer, was very much alive in Spain during 2017, a year that marks the 25th anniversary of his death. Exhibitions, conferences, flamenco recitals and remembrance services were staged all over Andalucía and newspapers filled their pages with stories of Camarón's superiority and his untimely death. For a while, it seemed as though the gypsy from La Isla had only just died, as one was reminded of the extraordinary outpouring of grief that smothered Spain back in July of 1992.

Torremolinos is set to host the latest homage to Camarón de la Isla on Saturday 9 December. An array of flamenco musicians will participate in a grand flamenco extravaganza that will take place in the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium.

Organised by 34 Producciones, 'Camarón. Leyenda y Revolución' (legend and revolution) will present some of Camarón's closest friends and companions, including Chato de Málaga, La Susi and José El Frances. The main attraction of the night will be the performance of Camarón's children, Luis, Gema and Rocío Monje, who will pay a fitting tribute to their father, a man hailed the greatest flamenco singer that ever lived.

The dance academies of Pilar Soto and José Lucena will also participate and there will be a special performance by Solera, a popular dance troupe from Alhaurín de la Torre.

This is sure to be a night of surprises and there will most definitely be more people appearing on the stage than listed on the bill, because Camarón's family have strong ties with Torremolinos.

Camarón reached the very top of his profession and became the very first flamenco singer of rock-star status, selling more recordings than any flamenco singer at that time. Tickets for the show cost 15 euros in advance or 25 euros on the night of the concert. A VIP pass, which includes a welcome drink and the opportunity to meet the artists backstage after the concert, is also available.

Doors open at 9pm and the show will commence at 10pm and continue into the early hours of the morning.