Granada is a city with a strong tradition of flamenco. The flamenco was born in Granada, Sevilla, Jeréz de la Frontera (Cádiz) and Murcia.
In Granada there were and still there are nowadays a lot of flamenco famous artists.
Enrique Morente was one of the most famous flamenco artist in the city. He was a singer very known and respected.
Enrique Morente , the founding father of modern flamenco , was born in the traditional district of Albaicin in Granada when underwent hard times during the post-war period.He grew up in a quite poor family. Since he was a child he was fascinated with flamenco, curiously his family lacked of musical traditions .
In his teens he moved to Madrid, where he worked in a shoe shop and as a silversmith’s assistant. He started to study flamenco and to sing, under the name Enrique el Granaíno, in the tablaos (flamenco nightclubs) which were then becoming popular. He met the singer Pepe de la Matrona,who became his mentor and had known all the flamenco stars of the 20th century.
He travelled in 1964 to New York and Washington, singing with the Mariemma Ballet. The next year, he toured Europe, including Britain, accompanied by the characteristic guitarists and dancers of flamenco. After, he recorded his two first albums that won him respect from flamenco aficionados.
Morente had a clear, tenor voice with a light timbre. His voice could soar to express both joy and suffering, but was different from the harsh, semi-shouted laments of many cantaors.
After his orthodox beginnings, he plunged into experimentalism and fused the strict cannons of flamenco to a broad variety of other music, from rock to pop to Latin American rhythms and even to religious music.
Enrique Morente was also one of the first to set venerable Spanish poetry by the likes of Federico Garcia Lorca to the flowing rhythms and beat of traditional flamenco.
He was married to Aurora Carbonell a flamenco dancer with whom he had three children. One of them is Estrella Morente, another of Spain’s great flamenco singers.
From festivals to live concerts to movies, Estrella Morente has featured in many of Spain’s most popular events and venues. She shares the stage with such flamenco legends as Chano Lobato and Juan Habichuela, and we are used to listen her voice on soundtrack of films by Saura or Almodóvar.
Solea Morente and Kiki Morente , his other two children are also artists and their music careers are not leaving indifferent us, Soleá the indie of the family has recorded his first solo álbum.