José Valencia is a good example of the validity of the model of transmission of the knowledge of the gypsy singing houses of the XXI’s century. His roots and singing inheritance are located in Lebrija. He is member of a lengthy and large gypsy and flamenco lineage that also has a spin off in Jerez with names as Tío Borrico or Parrilla de Jerez.
When he was just a child, he could sing soleá, apart from his “aceitunas partías”, popular song that he used to sing as bulerías. He was five when he performed for the first time on stage, surrounded by figures like Camarón de la Isla, Fernanda and Bernarda de Utrera, José Menese, el Lebrijano, among other great ones.
Many awards and prizes, such as his four Giraldillos –the most important prizes awarded nowadays within the “cante hondo” – endorse his talent and passion.
Paco Jarana was born in Dos Hermanas. He inherited his guitar passion from his father, Luís Franco, who gave him his nickname in honor of the district where he grew up when he was not accepted to participate in a contest during the political transition period in Spain because his name was Francisco Franco. Jarana studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla and learned from Rafael Riqueni and Isidoro Carmona.
He has accompanied great artists such as Mario Maya, Maltilde Coral or Farruco. Currently he is married to the dancer Eva Yerbabuena, with whom he shares the stage. He also composes music for her shows.