Lebrija (Seville), May 20 (EFE).- The flamenco singer Francisco Carrasco Carrasco “Curro Malena” has died at his home in Lebrija at the age of 78. Two days after the Seville Provincial Council awarded him the Gold Medal of the province.
Sources from the town council have informed EFE of the death of the cantaor. He was born on July 11, 1945 in the town where he always lived. And where he was retired from artistic life due to illness since 2018.
Heir to the Lebrija tradition within his family, he has drawn from figures such as Antonio Mairena or Niño Ricardo. And he is considered, in the world of flamenco, “a link in the transmission chain of gypsy singing”.
Curro Malena, lineage of Los Malenos and Los Rumbos
Dressing for the Los Malenos and Los Rumbos families, she began to sing very early, and at only 19 years old she participated in the II Gazpacho de Utrera, introducing herself as Curro Paula.
The Town Hall of the town, which channeled the requests of the neighbors to be awarded the Medal of the Province, will summon the political groups of urgency to declare official mourning.
Together with “Curro Malena”, the list of winners by the council includes, among others, the businessman in the food sector Manuel Barea. The television journalist Inmaculada Casal; the screenwriter and writer Rafael Cobos or the artisan of embroidery and shawl Ángeles Espinar.
Also the founding educator and CEO of Minifunkids, María Jesús Garrido, the patron and diffuser of the great heritage of flamenco throughout the world Cristina Heeren, the rapper HAZE or the philologist and world leader in artificial intelligence and robotics Pilar Manchón.