Perhaps the most influential contemporary flamenco singer of our century.
He was born in Granada in 1942, and was a choirboy in Granada cathedral. When he was 18 years old, he moved to Madrid, where he was known as Enrique el Granaíno. In 1986 he created the “Fantasía del cante jondo para flamenco y orquesta” (Jondo flamenco music Fantasy for flamenco and orchestra) along with Antonio Robledo at the Royal Theatre of Madrid. He constantly looked for common ground between different folklores and traditions.
He created a dark and poetic vision of the Alhambra with his record “Morente sueña la Alhambra” (Morente Dreams of the Alhambra) (2005), with Tomatito, his daughter Estrella Morente and Juan Habichuela, among others. Flamencologist Balbino Gutiérrez published his biography in 1996.
He died on 13 December 2010.
- Flamenco. Directed by Carlos Saura (1995)
- Morente sueña La Alhambra. Directed by José Sánchez-Montes (2005)
- Iberia. Directed by Carlos Saura (2005)
- Morente. Directed by Emilio R. Barrachina (2011)
- Cante flamenco (1967)
- Cantes antiguos del flamenco (1969)
- Homenaje flamenco a Miguel Hernández (1971)
- Se hace camino al andar (1975)
- Homenaje a Don Antonio Chacón (1977)
- Despegando (1977)
- Morente en vivo, Díscolo, (1981), illegal recording live
- Sacromonte (1982)
- Cruz y Luna (1983)
- Esencias flamencas (1988)
- Morente – Sabicas (1990)
- Enrique Morente en la Casa Museo de Federico García Lorca de Fuentevaqueros (1990); Republished (2001)
- Misa flamenca (1991)
- Negra, si tú supieras (1992)
- Alegro, Soleá y Fantasía del Cante Jondo (1995)
- Omega (1996)
- Morente – Lorca (1998)
- El pequeño reloj (2003)
- Morente sueña la Alhambra (2005, Mute Records)
- Pablo de Málaga (2008)
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