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The fifth edition of the Barcelona Flamenco festival DE CAJÓN! will close its edition this year with a very special concert presenting Pitingo, Antonio Álvarez Vélez, with Juan Carmona Amaya, guitar, Fernando Soto and José Antonio Camacho ´Piripi´, clapping, Juan Carmona Reyes, percussion and Tere and Angela Bautista, choirs.
Born in Ayamonte (Huelva) in 1980, Antonio Álvarez Vélez, Antonio Pitingo, grandson and nephew of Cantaores is related to three of the best sagas of Flamenco artists: the Carpio, the Valencia, and the Pelaos de Triana. Even so Pitingo without renouncing to his Flamenco roots also had a great love for black music. And knowing very well both feelings he has generated a fusion of cultures in an original mix with soul and flamenco. He learned singing at home and listening to classical flamenco singers like Chacón, Vallejo, Marchena, Caracol, Tomas, Pastora, Mojama, Camarón and Morente, and also received gospel and soul from great masters like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder, to mention some.
This merger began to take shape with his debut work at Universal, Pitingo con Habichuelas in 2006, produced by José Manuel Gamboa and accompanied with the guitars of the Habichuela brothers, Pepe and Juan, and the children of this last, Ketama Juan and Antonio Carmona.
After this combination a new way of expressing was born called Soulería, mixture between flamenco bulerías and soul sound, a complete new way of singing and feeling.
The Concert wii take place in the Palau de La Musica Catalana on April 15th