18 August 2011

Enrique Morente recorded two albums in the mid-90s about Frederico García Lorca, one collaboration with the rock band Lagartija Nick called Omega with lyrics from Poet in New York and a follow up called Morente-Lorca, which concludes with a stirring elegy in collaboration with the Bulgarian Female Choir:

I just found a live version of this for Spanish television with the choir which is quite dramatically enacted but medleys into the sudden (spoiler alert) appearance of Lagartija Nick for a different tune.. I would have liked to have heard the whole song on its own live..

Speaking of cantaores, someone uploaded my two favorite El Lebrijano songs, which are from his album Grandes Cantaores de Flamenco adapting verses from the Sermon of the Mount (Spanish versions in comments section):

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..
Behold the birds of the air: for they sow not, neither
do they reap, nor gather into barns;
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

(from Matthew 6: 19-29)

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction..
Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Inwardly they are ravening wolves
Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Beware of false prophets..

(from Matthew 7: 13-16)

Manolo Sanlúcar is on guitar in those two tracks.. of whom there's a fair amount of footage online such as in the Saura film with Diego Carrasco singing "I am a gypsy, from the salt of Cádiz" and the women in the back singing "ay, lemon seller, give me some lemonade.."

Also lest I forget I found 29 seconds of an early 60's TV appearance by veteran Colombian actress Dora Catavid singing "Se Llama Lucia Cristal" surrounded by two guys dressed as elephants:

1 comment:

Ian Keenan said...

El Lebrijano songs:


No atesora en la tierra
atesora en el cielo
creed en la providencia
porque el tesoro sera eterno

No os precupeis de la vida
que comereis o bebreis
vuestro padre os vigila

Del cielo
mirad a las aves del cielo
no siembran ni siegan
ni recogen en los graneros

Del vestido
os preocupais del vestido
aprender de los lirios del campo
aprender de los lirios
de hermosos llegan al cielo
ni Salomon en su gloria
se vestia como uno de ellos

Archivio Bottega:
Lebrijano, Manolo Sanlucar y Pedro Peña - NO ATESORAD EN LA TIERRA
Afflamencati - [Folklore]
Cante Generico: Nana , con Guit.e Altro (Violini)
Capotasto: DD - Note Varie:


Guardaos de los falsos profetas
que vienen a vosotros
vestidos de oveja

Entrad por la puerta estrecha
que es ancha la puerta
y espacioso el camino
pare de mi corazon
y espacioso el camino
que a la perdicion lleva

Guardaos de los falsos profetas...

Por sus frutos los conocereis
que por dentro son lobos rapaces
acaso se cosechan de los espinos
uvas o de los abrojos hazes

Guardaos de los falsos profetas...

Archivio Bottega:
Lebrijano, Manolo Sanlucar y Pedro Peña - ENTRAD POR LA PUERTA ESTRECHA
Afflamencati - [Personali]
Cante Generico: (Folklore Religioso), Libre con richiami di Malagueña, con Guit.e ritmica (Coro)
Capotasto: DD - Note Varie: