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El Camaron De La Isla (Born Jose Monge Cruz) Was The Acknowledged King Of Flamenco For Almost 30 Years. Turning Increasingly To Drugs To Cope With Inner Demons, He Died A Tragically Early And Meaningless Death On July 2, 1992, At The Age Of Only 41.
Camarón de la Isla (1950-1992) was a Gitano named Jose Monje Cruz from Cadiz, nicknamed Camarón (prawn) for his reddish hair. He began singing as a child in local ventas and then turned professional at 16, joining the companies of Miguel de los Reyes and Dolores Vargas. His first recording, with accompaniment by Paco de Lucía, was a huge success, which led to a rapid succession of recordings and concerts. The highest ever paid Flamenco artist, Camarón enchanted young audiences with "new wave" Flamenco and became a star in America. He was imitated by young cantaores in Andalusia, down to his clothes and hairstyle. He was always capable of performing the pure cante, however, with total mastery, and was awarded prestigious prizes such as the National Prize of the Cátedra de Flamencología de Jerez and the First Prize in the Mairena del Alcor competition. A flamboyant personality, he lived in excess and died young, leaving behind a legacy captured on this release.
This collection from flamenco great Camaron de la Isla features 19 wonderful tracks. Sadly, after a prolific career spanning three decades at the top of flamenco music, de la Isla died tragically in 1992 at the age of 41.
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