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The guitarist and flamenco singer Pedro Peña Fernández
The guitarist and flamenco singer Pedro Peña FernándezLEBRIJA CITY COUNCIL

The Lebrija artist Pedro Peña Fernández died this morning in Seville on the age of 84, after failing to beat the assorted well being issues that had been afflicting him. With his departure, a vital hyperlink in one of the crucial outstanding dynasties within the transmission of the flamenco and gypsy custom in Baja Andalusia, through the second half of the final century, disappears. His family tree is so paradigmatic that it’s virtually apparent to repeat it, however it’s mandatory because it explains the character of a piece, which has not been restricted to taking part in or singing.

His mom, María La Perrata, from neighboring Utrera, was a extremely valued household singer, whom her personal youngsters rescued from anonymity to depart us anthological recordings and performances. Her household, nevertheless, doesn’t finish there: it was massive and various, as she relates within the first chapter of her e-book. The flamenco gypsies (Almuzara, 2013). Proud of his artwork, they lived it festively, as a celebration and a lifestyle, one thing so widespread in his era.

With these experiences behind them, it was not unusual that Bernardo and María’s youngsters revealed themselves to be artists. With his brother Juan Peña The Lebrijano change into a superb singer; He appeared to order the discreet position of accompaniment to the singing, turning into a vital participant on the Andalusian festivals of the seventies. Likewise, he had related work on his brother’s albums, particularly in Persecution (1976), a recording that he confessed to having skilled with a number of ache.

But Pedro was additionally the repository of an amazing conventional heritage, which he preserved till, abandoning the guitar professionally, he gave his sensible and historical singing to the pinnacle of his household and together with his son Juan María on guitar. It was one other instance of his nice dedication to this artwork and to his gypsy ethnic group, which he defended in a cultured and optimistic method. He possessed a pure charisma and obtained from his folks—and from your entire flamenco world—the respect that he earned for his honesty and his ethical authority.

The protection and preservation of the household legacy that he made all through his life has prompted flamenco artwork to increase naturally to his youngsters. David, though he labored on the guitar, ended up selecting the piano to change into the good artist and composer that Dorantes is. Pedro María is a continuator of the guitarist custom, and to him we owe the recording of one of many final songs, maybe the final, which might be recognized recorded to Pedro Peña. Contents within the non-venal disk Our finest approach to let you know, Tribute to José María Velázquez Gazteluare simply two letters of seguiriyas that right now, with all their trembling, make good the deception with which their son obtained them.

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