Niña de la Puebla
Niña de la Puebla
She married another singer in 1934, Lucas Soto Martin, and had five children, two of whom became flamenco professionals. -------- Dolores Jimenez Alcantara, a blind singer was one of Spain's leading flamenco artists. Onstage, Ms. Jimenez wore dark glasses and typically performed while standing, supporting herself with one hand placed on the back of a chair. She performed publicly until the late 80's under the stage name La Niña de la Puebla, and was best known for her rendition of the 'Los Campanilleros' (The Bell Ringers'), a popular Spanish ballad about children's folkloric choirs. The daughter of a singing barber from Seville province, Ms.
Jimenez was born on July 28,1908, in La Puebla de Cazalla, which gave rise to her nickname. She had an eye infection when very young, and improper treatment caused permanent blindness. Ms. Jimenez began musical instruction at age 8 when her family moved to Madrid. She warmed gradually to flamenco, received her first contract at 14 and gained a following after a successful performance at a festival in Moron de la Frontera, southeast of Seville, at 20. In 1931, she made her debut in Seville and a year later, in Madrid.
She took 'Los Campanilleros' and moved it definitively into the realm of flamenco. The song became her trademark, and she performed it with traveling troupes known as flamenco operas, which appeared in bullrings and theaters. She spent decades fashioning other songs in a style that flamenco experts often describe as dulce, or sweet. She was comfortable performing much of the flamenco repertory and it's multiple forms of haunting melodies and staccato laments. In 1934 she married a fellow singer, Lucas Soto Martin, known professionally as Luquitas de Marchena. He died in 1965.
Their five children-two of whom, Adelfa and Pepe, are professional flamenco performers-survive her. Ms. Jimenez had been scheduled to receive a gold medal from King Juan Carlos I for Merit in Fine Arts. The authorities will now deliver the award to her family. Read more on Last.fm.
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