Sunday, January 15, 2012

Buleria │ Canelita

Canelita (Jonatan Vera), was born in the barrio La Bajadilla, in Algeciras, Cadiz, a port city in the south of Spain.  This is also the hometown of flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia.  Canelita had a hard life with no frills, but this has only deepened his singing, which is why his voice has such an innate sound of pain, maturity, and anguish.  It is a wonderful voice, and it resonates deep in my heart.  My mother's father was born in Malaga, Spain, the heartland of flamenco, so this kind of music is very special to me.  I had a very difficult time finding a video suitable enough to present on Angel Watchers, because most of them were of poor technical quality, as they were recorded, documentary style, on the streets, and around various locations in Spain.  Canelita sings a Buleria in the video below, which is a very dramatic type of flamenco song, as it gives the singer the most freedom for improvisation, and expression.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

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