Habichuela Viejo and la Tía Marina

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The mystery has been solved. My co-flamencophile Arye El León has very kindly informed me of the origins of this image that so caught my eye when I first saw it. He first found it, he says, sold as a postcard in Granada. He has written to say that:

‘I was moved by the same thoughts as you when I bought the postcard: who were they, what were their lives like, does anyone any longer remember them or is their identity lost to posterity?

Every time I used to visit El Corte Ingles, I would make for their book department to look through the beautiful pages of the Diccionario Enciclopédico Ilustrado Del Flamenco and then, one year, I eventually forked out the £120 and proudly carried home the two hefty volumes to peruse at my leisure.

What riches lay within those two tomes! Then one day, as I was turning over the pages and dreaming of flamenco past, suddenly, there it was, the very photo, enlarged in clear detail, in sepia tones, with the couple looking very much alive, and subtitled “Habichuela Viejo con su hija Marina”. I cried out in triumph and my eyes filled with tears of happiness – happiness for the old man and the young girl.

They each have their own entries on pages 358 and 360 respectively in volume I of the Diccionario Enciclopédico compiled by José Blas Vega and Manuel Ríos Ruiz and published by Editorial Cintero, Madrid, 1988.’

Marina was not only Habichuela’s daughter, but also the aunt of the present-day guitarrists Juan and Pepe Habichuela, themselves respectively the father and uncle of Juan and Antonio Carmona of Ketama… And so yet another flamenco dynasty goes on…Thank you, Arye, for sharing this information! ¡Viva el arte!

March 28, 2010 Post Under General - Read More

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