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Top flamenco artists for De Cajón! Festival

The sultry sounds of flamenco are once more set to fill Barcelona with the arrival of this year’s edition of the De Cajón! Flamenco Festival. Taking place in some of the city’s most renowned venues and featuring both global stars and promising young talent, the programme ranges from classic flamenco to contemporary and fusion styles.

Among the unmissable acts on the bill this year are Mayte Martín, Diego El Cigala, Tomatito and José Mercé, and Kiko Morente.

Flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo who performs at the Liceu on 21 November. (Photo courtesy The Project)

Mayte Martín is a Catalan singer-songwriter who makes her debut at De Cajón! this year with the presentation of her latest album, Tempo Rubato, one of her most personal projects that includes flamenco, classical music, the words of Federico García Lorca and Rafael de León, and a lot of emotion (13 November, Barts).

Diego El Cigala comes to Barcelona to pay tribute to Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, his partner on the hit record Lágrimas Negras, which was released 15 years ago. To mark this special anniversary and remember the man who accompanied him on that musical venture, El Cigala performs the album in its entirety alongside Catalan pianist Jaime Calabuch (14 November, Palau de la Música Catalana).

Two legends of the flamenco scene join forces for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of music. Guitarist Tomatito and singer José Mercé return to the venue where they performed together a year ago, an event that led them to record their first album together and which will be officially presented here (Nov 16, Palau de la Música Catalana).

Kiko Morente hails from a family of flamenco stars (father Enrique and sisters Soléa and Estrella), but while their influence on his debut album, Albayzín, is notable, the young musician has also sought out his own inspirations and sounds in the creation of a work that places flamenco firmly in the 21st century.

When: 4-30 November

Where: Various venues including Palau de la Música Catalana and Liceu Opera House

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