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A Tribute to La Paquera de Jerez Featuring KINA MENDEZ
La Pena Cultural Center
Berkeley, CA
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A Tribute to La Paquera de Jerez Featuring KINA MENDEZ
In an intimate evening of flamenco song, Kina Mendez will interpret the cante of her aunt, the legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez, her most important influence. After singing some of her aunt's signature cantes, Kina will share video clips of La Paquera and talk about her professional and personal life as one of the essential female flamenco singers of the 20th century.

Singer Kina Mendez was born into the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists of Jerez de la Frontera. Steeped in the flamenco tradition, she began singing under the influence of her aunt, legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez. Her professional career began when she joined Manuel Morao's company and led her to work with Mario Maya and tour internationally with Salvador Tavora's productions Carmen and Carmina Burana. Performing in festivals such as 'La Fiesta de la Buleria' and 'La Fiesta de la Vendimia' in Jerez de la Frontera, she has shared the stage with many renown flamenco artists including Manuel Agujetas, El Grilo and La Macanita. Her debut recording "De Sevilla a Jerez" was released in 2009.

Kina was a featured artist at the prestigious XIV Festival de Jerez in 2010 in "Los Conciertos de Palacio". Kina was featured  in "Zahara Flamenco Al Andaluz" at The Cowell Theater in San Francisco in 2010 and was a featured artist at "Festival Semana Flamenka" in Los Angeles at the Irvine Barclay Theater in 2011. Her explosive, expressive presence on stage and her dynamic vocal range has made her a sought after performer in both Spain and the U.S.

La Paquera de Jerez:

American audiences will remember her as the singer in the opening scene of Carlos Saura's film 'Flamenco' (1994).  "Her mighty presence, her telluric and primitive voice, summed up everything passionate, irrational, historical about flamenco" (Martín Guijarro, Filmmaker Toni Gatlif also featured her singing in the film 'Vengo' (2000).

Born in the barrio San Miguel of Jerez de la Frontera to a family of flamenco-singing fishmongers, as a young child she began singing at parties to help support the family.  She worked with Aurelio Sellés and Matilde Corral in her teens and early twenties and went on to work at tablaos in Madrid such as El Corral de la Morería and Los Canasteros. After releasing her first recordings in the 1950s she began to tour with artists such as Rafael Farina, Farruco, Chocolate and Juanito Maravilla.  She has numerous recordings with guitarists such as Manuel and Juan Morao, Juanito Serrano, Manolo Sanlúcar, Marote and her closest musical partner, guitarist Parrilla de Jerez. Moraito made his professional debut as her accompanist. Jerez proclaimed her the Queen of Bulerias and she received numerous awards, including the Premio Niña de los Peines (Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco, 1971), La Copa de Jerez (Cátedra de Flamencología) and the Premio Nacional de Cante (1980). In 2002 the prestigious Festival de Cantes de las Minas did a major tribute to her lifetime contributions to flamenco and in 2003 she was awarded Spain's Gold Medal for Fine Arts.

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La Pena Cultural Center (View)
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
United States

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Arts > Dance
Music > All Ages
Music > Global

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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