Manuel Agujetas, Manuel de los Santos Pastor

Manuel Agujetas - Flamenco singing / "Cante"

About Manuel Agujetas

Manuel Agujetas


Name: Manuel de los Santos Pastor

Type: Flamenco singing / "Cante"

Place of birth: Cádiz


MANUEL DE LOS SANTOS PASTOR "MANUEL AGUJETAS", "cantaor" (flamenco singer). This gypsy artist began working in the forge of his father, also cantaor, before going to live in 1970 to Madrid, where he recorded his first album, produced by Manuel Ríos Ruiz and accompanied on guitar by Manolo Sanlúcar with the nickname "Agujetas" of his father as an artistic name.

His father transmitted to him the tradition of "cante jerezano" inherited of Manuel Torre, "El Marrurro" and "Tío José de Paula" (and his mother, Ana Pastor Monje, who was of the family of "Negro de El Puerto). His sons Dolores Agujetas and Antonio Agujetas are also cantaores, as well as his brothers Juan, Paco, Diego and Luis. He participated in the recording of the "Magna Antología del Cante Flamenco", which was compiled by the musicologist José Blas Vega. In 1977 he was awarded the "Premio Nacional de Cante" of the "Cátedra de Flamencología de Jerez".

After a prolonged stay in North America contracted a serious illness, reason why the most outstanding interpreters of the flamenco paid to him in 1987 a beneficial homage in Jerez de la Frontera; A point of inflection from which the race of "Agujetas" was reactivated.

Agujetas appeared in the film "Flamenco" by Carlos Saura. This interpretation was one of his most intense moments, a martinete in which he showed his ancestral cante, his face marked by the years. As a result of this date, the recordings were repeated with assiduity: "Agujetas en Paris" (1996), "Agujetas en la soleá" (1998).

In these discs, "Agujetas" defended the old cante and the oral memory, legacies of which, next to chosen few like "Chocolate" and the "La Paquera", felt "cancerbero" (severe security guard). This and other confessions sprinkled the documentary that the French director Dominique Abel dedicated in 2000, "Agujetas cantaor", where also appears the guitarist "Moraíto Chico". A couple of years later he registered 24 carats, where he insisted on claiming the school of Manuel Torre, "El Marrurro" and "Tío José de Paula".

In the year 2013 his hometown gives him an avenue with his name and returns to the stage in 2014.

In 2015 it was decided to install a monument in his honor in Jerez, monument that adds to the one that has at the entrance of Rota.

He died in Jerez de la Frontera on December 25, 2015.

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