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Enrique Morente

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Enrique Morente was born in the Granada Albaycín in 1942. Those were times when post – war shock turned the Spaniards into survivors of the established order, experts in other people’s disgrace and enigmatic partners in misfortune. The hills in the Albaycín did not escape this situation, which was highlighted by the lights and shades that invade them.

Enrique’s childhood takes place in a familiar atmosphere, along with his mother’s voice and under the influence of local artists such as Juanillo el Gitano, Cobitos or the Habichuelas.
His first incursions into music take place at a very early age and with a twofold nature, he performs as a “seise” in the Cathedral of Granada and as an eager learner at family and neighbours gatherings.

“The cante begins inside you when you listen to the villager’s singing, to people in their birthplace. Groups of people that meet in a tavern and start singing, and then you listen to them and start singing as well: you learn that at family parties where everybody sings and everybody drinks, and everybody dances and… Apart from that, it turns out that, of course, you need a technique, you need a school, you need to learn. In order to achieve this, what you need… the main help you can get is to have a liking for it; and then the skill to know who to learn from, and from what sources, where to find the good. Then you are on”.

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