Biography of Manuel o "Manuel Torre" Soto Loreto (1878-1933)

Gypsy Spanish singer born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) in 1878 and died in Seville in 1933. Illiterate throughout his life, however was a great Sage for everything related to the art of flamenco, and is considered one of the great figures of the cante jondo. Lorca said of him that he was the man "with more culture in the blood" which they knew. Very influenced by the Jerez masters who preceded him, in particular by Enrique el Mellizo, count that she cried the first time he heard singing to the latter.

"I said that I would miss".

Original sound. Manuel Torre.(Courtesy of SONIFOLK.

From a very young lived in Seville, the city in which professionally developed his art, above all in the numerous small at that time. He then met his future wife, Antonia Torres Vargas prawn, dancer, with whom he had two sons.

Is said that it was the singer with more Goblin story; in fact, most of the theory of the duende flamenco, cited over and over again by countless artists, is based in his sayings and their feelings. In this respect, Manuel Torre was a singer uneven, capable of the most worthy of glory and the most worthy of oblivion moments. Experienced like no other that typical angst of artists and creators who intermittently leaves the inspiration. To such an extent was common in Manuel Torre this phenomenon, which many times is not left to act, with the consequent anger of the public more than once wanted to take him to jail. Pepe de la Matrona has that one night that was to see him in Madrid had been "to kill him", and then, when already noted the new day, the Goblin came to the teacher and sang in private in a memorable way.

He was a versatile singer; It covered almost all the styles and left mark of his genius in them. But it was exceptional in the saeta, which endowed with rare a feeling and drama, which made cry not only of those who listened to them. Manuel Torre attributed the origin of the custom by which the bearers carrying a step in procession sway it without advancing while lasts the song; as it appears because it resulted in the expectation that this artist as well, and the people were willing to listen to him all the time that the would like to sing, even if he had to stop the procession. While you can not say that tower the originator of the saeta, it is true, according to the scholars, the history of this song is divided in two large halves: before and after this character.

In addition to saetero, was also a great seguiriyero (see seguiriya), and had the admiration of other great figures of the flamenco world, like the aforementioned Pepe de la Matrona, Tia Anica the Perinaca, Juan Talega The first volume of his complete recordings came to light in 1996.