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Sun. 31 August, 9:30pm
La Ciudadela

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José María López Sanfeliú, was born in Gerona, Catalonia, in 1952. When he was very young, his family moved to the Andalusian province of Cádiz and later, Seville, where he currently lives. However, it was not in Andalusia where Kiko Veneno first discovered the cante jondo [classical singing of flamenco], but rather during a trip to the United States. It was also during this trip when he attended concerts from music legends such as Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa.

Upon his return from this journey, Sanfeliú began playing music inspired by his three greatest influences: Flamenco, Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa, though it would not be until 1977 when he became known with his band Veneno, alongside the brothers Amador; Raimundo and Rafael. The first eponymous album of the band was recorded in Madrid and produced by Ricardo Pachón. The record utterly revolutionized the aesthetics and ideology of flamenco. It is nowadays considered one of the greatest pop records in Spain.

It is because of this record that Kiko Veneno became a renowned songwriter and composer in Spain. In 1979, he collaborated with Camarón de la Isla on his legendary ‘La Leyenda del Tiempo’. On this album, he adapted Garcia Lorca’s poems and composed singles such as ‘La Leyenda del Tiempo’ and ‘Volando voy’, among others.

During the counterculture period known as ‘La Movida’ in Spain (Madrilenian scene during the 80’s), Kiko Veneno returned to Madrid to record his next album: ‘Seré mecánico por ti’ (1981) showcasing hits such as ‘Pata palo’. A decade afterwards, he left the production of his next album to Joe Dworniak, releasing the seminal ‘Échate un cantecito’ (1992).

Following a string of albums unveiling great ideas in music, he released in 2013 his eleventh album ‘Sensación Térmica’ where he continued to experiment with new sounds, such as electronic.[/two_third]