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Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas 2011. Winner contest

August 14, 2011

Festival Cante de las Minas 2010

51 Festival Internacional de
Cante de las Minas de La Unión.

August 3-13, 2011

August 13th, 2011.
Contest Winners
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Photo Gallery: Paco Manzano

CELIA ROMERO, WINNER OF THE LÁMPARA MINERA OF THE FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DEL CANTE DE LAS MINAS 2011


Juan Torres Fajardo “Habichuela Nieto”, winner of the Bordón Minero; Lucía Álvarez “La Piñona”, winner of the Desplante, and Sergio Monroy, winner of the Filón for best instrumentalist.

At ten minutes past three in the morning, Badajoz singer Celia Romero, 16 years old, was announced winner of the 2011 Lámpara Minera of the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas de la Unión.  The singer, originally from Herrera del Duque in the province of Badajoz, managed to win the coveted prize in a hotly contested final in which 13 artists participated, between 8 singers, 2 dancers, 2 guitarists and one instrumentalist.

Celia Romero won the Lámpara Minera with a cash prize of 15,000 euros, and the first prize in mineras, with 6,000 euros as well as the first prize for tarantas for an additional 4,500 euros.  The second prize for mineras went to Seville singer Evaristo Cuevas along with 4,500 euros.

Dancer Lucía Álvarez “La Piñoña” won the Desplante award for dance, a prize that brings 10,000 euros, while American dancer Lakshimi Basile “La Chimi” took second place for 6,000 euros.

Granada guitarist Juan Torres Fajardo, “Habichuela Nieto”, 22 years old, won the Bordón Minero for 6,000 euros.  Juan Torres, grandson of the legendary Juan Carmona Habichuela, devoted some notes of his taranta to the memory of the late Enrique Morente to remind the audience of verses so often sung by him.  But that wasn’t the only tribute.  “Habichuela Nieto” appeared on stage with a vest that bore the image of the Granada singer.  Alberto López Martínez won second prize in guitar with a prize of 4,000 euros.

The first prize for flamenco instrumentalist, with 7,000 euros, went to pianist Sergio Monroy from San Fernando.

Ana Mochón won the prize for cartegeneras, Antonio José Nieto won in malagueñas, Beatriz Romero González won for cantes of Málaga, Granada Córdoba and Huelva, and in the category of cantes “bajo andaluces”, the siguiriyas prize went to Rafael Usero “Rafael de Utrera”, solea to María Rosa Navarro “La Divi” and bulerías to Antonio Flores Cortés “Rubio de Pruna”.

When the winners were announced, the new holder of the Lámpara Minera, Celia Romero, was very surprised to have won the highest award, and commented that she had felt “very comfortable on stage with the accompaniment of Antonio Muñoz from La Unión, who knows these cantes very well”, and she announced “I’m going to celebrate the prize with my family who are here tonight, and I’m also going to celebrate at my town’s fair when I get back”.

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Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas
Celia Romero - Lámpara Minera 2011
Celia Romero - Lámpara Minera 2011
Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Juan Torres Fajardo “Habichuela Nieto” Bordón Minero
Juan Torres Fajardo “Habichuela Nieto” Bordón Minero
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Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas
Lucía Álvarez “La Piñoña”, Trofeo Desplante
Lucía Álvarez “La Piñoña”, Trofeo Desplante

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas
Sergio Monroy. El Filón, mejor instrumentista
Sergio Monroy. El Filón, mejor instrumentista
Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Rubio de Pruna
LAKSHMI BASILE LA CHIMI

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Evaristo Cuevas
Blanca del Rey
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Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Rafael de Utrera
LAKSHMI BASILE LA CHIMI
Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

LAKSHMI BASILE LA CHIMI
Alberto López
Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Rubio de Pruna
Ana Mochón
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Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Maria Rosa Navarro “La Divi”
Lucía Álvarez “La Piñoña”, Trofeo Desplante
Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas

Antonio José Nieto
Maria Rosa Navarro “La Divi”