Pepe Habichuela

Musician, Musical Artist

1944 –


Who is Pepe Habichuela?

Pepe Habichuela is a Spanish flamenco guitarist, cited as one of the great flamenco masters and one of Spain's finest contemporary guitarists. He belongs to a flamenco dynasty of gypsies started by his grandfather, known as "Habichuela el Viejo", who took the nickname, and continued by his father José Carmona and his brothers Juan Habichuela, Carlos and Luis.

In 1964 he moved to Madrid where he performed in several flamenco shows and shared the stage with artists such as Juanito Valderrama, Camarón de la Isla and Enrique Morente. He recorded an album in tribute to singer Antonio Chacón which won the National Prize of discography in 1975.

He is the father of José Miguel Carmona Niño and uncle of Juan José Carmona Amaya El Camborio and Antonio Carmona Amaya. The three formed the New Flamenco band Ketama. In 2001, Habichuela released the album Yerbagüena as part of Pepe Habichuela & The Bollywood Strings, a unique mix of flamenco guitar and Indian string music. He has also experimented with Arabic-flamenco fusion music. Habichuela was a mentor to Adam del Monte. He has been described as "highly emotional" like Tomatito, with one author saying "If flamenco has earned its rep as an overly emotional music, it isn't going to be Habichuela who turns it around."

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Also known as
  • José Antonio Carmona Carmona
  • Spain

on July 23, 2013


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