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Curro Albaicín, legend of Sacromonte and reference of Granada's flamenco.
"Curro Albaicín has dedicated his entire life to flamenco and its historical and artistic preservation."
To speak of Curro Albaicín is to speak of Sacromonte and its close relationship with Granada's flamenco. A gypsy artist with blond hair and blue eyes, he has dedicated his entire life to flamenco and its historical and artistic preservation.
Raised in the caves of Sacromonte, he has flamenco in his blood. From 'Los Cabrera', a family of flamenco tradition, he has grown up among artists of other great families such as the Heredia, Habichuela, Amaya, etc.. Since he was a child he started working in the Zambras del Sacromonte, where most of his family worked.
"The city of Granada and the world of flamenco owe an enormous debt to Curro Albaicín".
Always surrounded by art and flamenco flamenco artistsCurro Albaicín is forging his personality and his style, deeply rooted in the purity of Granada's flamenco.
After the floods of 1963, when Sacromonte suffers a loss of identity due to the exodus of the population of that neighborhood to others in the outskirts of Granada, Curro Albaicín is responsible for recovering and preserving the dances and native flamenco songs in Granada.. But, not only does he rescue the Zambras of Sacromonte that were destined to disappear, but he also takes them to the rest of the world on countless occasions, whether on tours of theaters or festivals.
The city of Granada and the world of flamenco owe Curro Albaicín an enormous debt: he is the living memory of Sacromonte, a connoisseur of artists that history has not recorded and he has been in charge of keeping alive through books, conferences and documentaries. He is a connoisseur of many anecdotes of the Sacromonte path and, with his particular way of expressing himself, mischievous and witty, enriches any conversation, be it with characters from the Sacromonte neighborhood itself, or with personalities from the world of royalty, politics or cinema who have visited Sacromonte on numerous occasions.
But it is not only his artistic career or his contribution to the history of flamenco that we come to pay tribute to, but a way of life, of expressing himself and of relating to the world and to flamenco. Curro has exported throughout Granada and the world a way of living flamenco and of expressing himself, which has deeply influenced both the personalities of his time and successive generations. Beloved by all, Curro Albaicín has been part of the development and professional growth of most of the artists that Granada has contributed to the world of flamenco.
Ambassador of Federico García LorcaCurro Albaicín recites poems by the playwright wherever he goes. He finds in Lorca a martyr, a symbol of Franco's repression and oppression. It has not been easy for Curro Albaicín to be who he is: a homosexual in the midst of dictatorship. That is why Curro is a great fighter for freedom and justice. And that is also why Granada is indebted to him, because the character that permeates every corner of Sacromonte would not be the same without Curro Albaicín's enormous contribution to the essence of the neighborhood and, especially, to Granada's flamenco.