Camaron de la Isla

Camaron de la Isla

1951-1992
"You only had to listen to Camarón once to know that he was a genius". Paco de Lucía.
The late Camarón de la Isla was one of the greatest Flamenco singers of the 20th century.
 José Monge Cruz, known artistically as Camarón de La Isla, was born in San Fernando (Cádiz) in 1950. He was the second oldest in a family with eight children. He was given the nickname “Camarón” because of his blond hair and for being from island of San Fernando (Cádiz). He began to sing at the age of four. “At home, everybody danced and sang, even if they wdren't performers”, he used to say.
Since his childhood he worked as a professional flamenco singer, performing in private parties and gatherings at the inns of Cádiz and Málaga. Camarón made frequent trips throughout Andalusia, sitting next to elderly cantaores to learn the old ways of singing. He performed with the Miguel de los Reyes company and later joined the group of the Madrid tablao Torres Bermejas.
His first album came out in 1969, accompanied by de Paco de Lucía on guitar. Thanks to his recordings with de Lucía he became a top artist in flamenco festivals. Because of his personal character and the sound of his voice, the generations of cantaores coming after him consider his style as a model to be followed. He won the National Award of the Chair of Flamencology and the Mairena de Alcor contest.
Camarón died in 1992.

Discography:
Camaron en la Venta de Vargas 
Al Verte las Flores Lloran
Cada Vez que Nos Miramos
Son Tus Ojos Dos Estrellas, Canastera
Caminito de Totana
Soy Caminante
Arte y Majestad
Rosa María
Castillo de Arena
La Leyenda del Tiempo
Como el Agua,Calle Real
Viviré
Te lo Dice Camarón
Flamenco Vivo
Soy Gitano
Autoretrato
Potro de Rabia y Miel
Camarón Nuestro
París 1987
Antología Inédita
Camarón de la Isla La leyenda
Camaron alma y corazón flamenco

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