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Torremolinos summer culture agenda begins with series of flamenco concerts

Macarena de la Torre will perform at the bullring in June.
Macarena de la Torre will perform at the bullring in June. / SUR
  • The bullring will host a weekend of flamenco performed by three of today's most promising young singers

Torremolinos will kick off its summer season of cultural activity with a series of flamenco concerts in the bullring next month.

The programme will kick off on Friday 11 June with young flamenco singer Juanlu Montoya, a performer who is currently making his name on the Andalusian music circuit. Grandson of the venerated Enrique Montoya - a singer who was at the forefront of the rumba-flamenca movement of the 1970s and 80s - Juanlu is currently enjoying the success of his latest single, La Solución, which has received almost one millon views on YouTube.

Despite having a surname with specific weight in flamenco, Juanlu does not define his style as orthodox flamenco. Although his voice carries the distinctive characteristics of his family's legacy, his music falls more into the category of flamenquito, a style of pop music embellished with flamenco-style rhythms.

The music will continue on Saturday 12 June when Macarena de la Torre will present her show Rocío de Luz, a work based on the music of her album Eres Para Mi.

Macarena de la Torre has become known for the versatility of her voice and her charismatic approach to flamenco. Although she presents a fresh new direction for flamenco, often performing with a five-piece band, she is also well-versed in the more orthodox styles of the art.

Macarena grew up among a family of flamenco singers and gained her experience during intimate family fiestas. She trained at the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville, taking lessons from celebrated singers such as José de la Tomasa and Paco Taranto. She has performed at peñas and festivals all over Andalucía, and throughout her career has shared the stage with artists such as Arcángel, El Pele and Manuel Lombo.

The final concert will take place on Sunday 13 June with a performance by Saray Pérez Sánchez, known by her stage name of Sarayma. This spectacular young singer was born in Algeciras in 1991 and began singing in flamenco clubs in Cadiz at the age of seven. The turning point of her career was when she met flamencologist Antonio Rubio Díaz, from whom she learned the orthodox Gypsy styles of flamenco, like the soleares, syguiriyas and tientos-tangos. She has since performed at national and international festivals, as well as receiving prizes in numerous competitions in Andalucía.

Tickets for the concerts, which begin at 10pm, cost between 15 and 20 euros and are available online, from www.mientrada.net.

Capacity will be restricted and Covid protocols must be observed. Doors open at 7pm.