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Winners - Cante de las Minas

52nd Festival Internacional de Cante de las Minas de La Unión.
August 11th, 2012 - Catedral del Cante - La Unión (Murcia)
August 11, 2012

Special report: 52 Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas.

Ricardo Fernández del Moral triumphs at the Cante de las Minas 2012

It was the first time in the history of the festival that the winner of the Lámpara Minera has not required a guitarist to accompany his singing.

Jesús Carmona Morena won the Desplante prize, Óscar de Manuel, the Filón for best instrumentalist and the Bordón Minero went unawarded.

Singer Ricardo Fernández del Moral made a splash tonight at the 52nd Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas when he collected the coveted Lámpara Minera at exatly 2:24 in the monring, along with 15,000 euros, picking up the prizes for soleá, tonás, málagueñas and tarantas as well.

After an intense and exciting ending in which 11 artists competed in cante, dance, guitar and instrumentals, Fernández del Moral, 36, from Ciudad Real was the top winner for the Lámpara Minera thanks to a full rich voice he himself accompanied on guitar.

It is the first time in the history of the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas that the winner of the Lámpara Minera accompanied himself, which shows the tremendous command, and at the same time, the hard time the judges had in making their decision. Before becoming a singer, this electrician began his exposure to flamenco as a guitarist, receiving classes from prestigious maestros such as Óscar Herrero and Manolo Martín.

In a declaration to the festival organization he said: “now all I have to do is show the judges they didn’t make a mistake tonight”.

For the second consecutive year, the judges awarded Granada guitarist Alberto López Martínez, 21, the 3,000 euros that correspond to the second prize in guitar, leaving the first prize, the Bordón Minero, unawarded for this year’s edition.

Madrid dancer Jesús Carmona Moreno, 26, won the Desplante prize and 9,000 euros, while the second prize of 4,500 euros went unawarded.

The Filón prize for best instrumentalist, which includes 6,000 euros, went to Óscar Manuel Gómez Calatayud “Óscar de Manuel”. This flautist finally managed to get the first prize after coming in second in the two previous editions of the festival. This year’s second prize, with 3,000 euros went to pianist Ildefonso Aroca Moreno, “Alfonso Aroca”.

Guillermo Cano García, 38, from Huelva, won the first prize for cartageneras, and Beatriz Romero, 17, also from Huelva, won the first prize in the category “bulerías, cantiñas, tangos, tientos, peteneras, farrucas, fandangos”, with her alegrías. And another girl from Huelva, María Cristina Soler, 23, won a prize for her brilliant performance of granaínas.

Thus concluded the 52nd edition of the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas, again a reference for the world of flamenco.