Camarón, Un Mito
Camarón, Un Mito (Camarón, The Legend) is a biographical film focused on the life of Camarón de la Isla, undoubtedly one of the most loved Flamencos of all time.EDITOR'S NOTE: SBS-TWO (digital TV set top box required) will be airing the film 'Camarón, Un Mito' nationally on Saturday 5th June, 2010 at 11:05pm (Spanish with English subtitles).Camarón de la Isla, born José Monje Cruz (1950), is considered, the greatest cantaor (male singer) in flamenco. He was gifted from a young age having grown up surrounded by juergas (flamenco parties), talented relatives, famous flamencos and bullfighters.His first album was released around 1968/69 and he was often accompanied by legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia, with whom he recorded nine albums. He also recorded with Paco de Lucia's student, Tomatito. At least one of Camarón's early albums should be in every serious flamenco aficionado's collection, along with La Leyenda del Tiempo (1979) and Soy Gitano (1989). « Click the links above to hear all the mp3 samples from each album.Camarón died young in 1992 which perhaps, has some bearing on his almost god-like status amongst the Spanish gypsy community. He also represents the progression of a new age of flamenco, the transition from a pure cante and cante jondo to a more modern commercial style.At just 14 Camarón de la Isla appeared in the legendary flamenco movie El Amor Brujo (1986) which starred flamenco dance legends Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos. Camarón featured as a guitarrista.“Camarón, un mito”, directed by Jaime Chavarri was awarded three Goya Prizes in 2005. The film is a journey through the life and work of Camarón de la Isla and a tribute to a great flamenco singer, who will continue to influence generations of future flamencos.
"Camarón taught the world a new way to appreciate flamenco."
The film covers his rise to fame, his drug addiction and his association with Paco de Lucia. Óscar Jaenada plays Camarón.There is also a wonderful live recording (CD/DVD) called 'Camarón-Paris 87/88' which includes Tomatito and an interview with Camarón.