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José Mercé - Flamenco singing / "Cante"

About José Mercé

José Mercé

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Name: José Mercé

Type: Flamenco singing / "Cante"

Place of birth: Cádiz

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JOSEPH SOTO SOTO, cantaor. Born on April 19, 1955, in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz. Better known by his stage name José Mercé, he is great-grandson of Paco Luz and nephew of Manuel Soto "Sordera", patriarch of Jerez flamenco. After singing as a child in the Choir of the Basilica of La Merced in his city (hence the name of the artist), his first steps were on the Flamenco Thursdays of Jerez and the tablao Cadiz La Cueva del Pájaro Azul.

At age 13 he arrived in Madrid to record his first album produced by Manuel Ríos Ruiz. He made his debut in 1968 with the album Cultura jonda 14. Years later, important works such as Verde junco (1983), Tomatito y Enrique de Melchor, Caminos reales del cante (1987), Hondas Roots (1991) and Desnudando el Alma (1994).

He was in the company of Antonio Gades, collaborated with the National Ballet and won the National Contest of Flamenco Art of Cordoba in 1986.

In 1998 he began his jump to popularity with the album Del amanecer, produced by guitarist Vicente Amigo, achieving an unprecedented success in flamenco that continued with Aire in 2000, that reached the Double Platinum and Lío two years later, in What Mercé himself defines as "an album made with the heart".

Later came Confí de fuá (2004), What is not given (2006), a Grandes éxitos (2007) and Noise (2010).

In 2010 Mercé received the Medal of Andalusia, an honorary distinction that recognizes the merits of the cantaor.

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