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Te Quiero Nina
by Chiquetete, with guitarist Paco Cepero
Chiquetete (1948 to 2018) was a Spanish 'flamenco' singer. Antonio Jose Cortes Pantoja was born on July 26th 1948 in Algeciras, Cadiz, Spain. The son of Manuela Pantoja Cortes, he belonged to a gypsy family who then moved to a residence in Seville when he was 8 years old. By the age of 20, he had started out in music by forming part of the group 'Los Gitanillos del Tardon', along with Manuel Molina Jimenez and Manolo Dominguez el Rubio (they soon changed their name to 'Los Algecirenos' though). Initially taking the artistic name of his maternal uncle Juan Pantoja Cortes (once part of a flamenco trio called 'Trio de los Gaditanos'), he later became known as 'Chiquetete de Jerez' or just plain 'Chiquetete'. He was with the trio during performances at a number of festivals in 1976, and with them he won the "Mairena del Alcor Prize". After that however, he began a solo career by recording the LP "Triana Despierta", which featured contributions from Paco Cepero (playing here) and Enrique de Melchor. He continued in the same vein as a 'flamenco' singer for a few years until 1980, when his LP "Altozano" changed his direction somewhat by concentrating on the romantic ballad (but still with a 'flamenco' influence). His 1981 album "Tu y Yo" was then a mixture of traditional rhythms such as 'bulerias', 'fandangos' and 'soleares'. The 1988 album "Sevilla Sin tu Amor" contained one of his greatest successes - the single "A la Puerta de Toledo" - and although he released three LPs during the 1990s, his career had begun to decline and he decided to retire from music. However, in 2004 he did briefly return to the public notice with another album called "Como la Marea", produced by his son Fran from his first marriage to the 'flamenco' dancer Amparo Cazalla Mora. Chiquetete died from heart failure in Seville on December 16th 2018. He was 70, and had undergone a hip operation several days before. He leaves two sons and a daughter from his first marriage. [ Translated from: http://www.elmundo.es/cultura/musica/2018/12/16/5c161672fdddff6c448b4592.html ]
Posting three a day at the moment due to backlog. Sources: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiquetete
Posted: 11th January 2019
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