The Gypsy flamenco legend Manuel Agujetas, an outstanding, controversial singer - anarchic and unpredictable - is one of the most important figures in the history of flamenco. From a renowned musical family, Agujetas, born in 1939, worked as a blacksmith with his father until 1970, when he made his first recording. He has achieved international recognition for singing the stunningly intense form of flamenco, cante jondo (deep song), which includes flamenco's purest, ancient styles martinetes and siguiriyas. He appears in Carlos Saura's film Flamenco and in Dominique Abel's documentary Agujetas, Cantaor.
Agujetas will be joined by his wife, dancer Kanako and the superb young Gypsy guitarist Manuel Valencia of Jerez de la Frontera, a student of maestro Manuel Morao and the nephew of Terremoto, from whom he learned to accompany the cante.
"Agujetas' singing is rough like the first sip of whiskey." From the film Agujetas Cantaor