Artists, friends, family and admirers of Manolo Sanlúcar passed by the funeral chapel this Sunday to say goodbye to the composer and guitarist, died Saturday in the hospital of Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) at the age of 78, leaving an incalculable legacy for the world of flamenco guitar.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m., the Ardent Chapel was opened with the mortal remains of Manolo Sanlúcar in the municipal auditorium that bears his name. Favorite son of Sanlúcar, the artist brought the name of his hometown to the gala, even giving up his last name to take that of his town, which this Sunday returned the gesture go to the Ardent Chapel to say goodbye to your most illustrious neighbor.
The coffin, located on the stage of the municipal auditorium, was surrounded by a dozen wreaths of flowers, a painting bearing his effigy, work of the painter Carmen Laffónand a guitar, an instrument that has earned him universal recognition.
He was also covered with the flag of Sanlúcar and the burial cloth of the Brotherhood of Hope, of his district. Next to the coffin was his wife Ana Recorethis niece Evora Gala and his mother.
From her uncle, flamenco singer and actress Gala Évora said that he taught her to be brave and stand in front of a microphone for the first time, a moment he remembers with special fondness. For her, the composer of Sanluqueño was “very great” and admitted to feeling “very affected” by his death, although she thanked because “he is finally resting” after several months of degraded health.
the dancer Sara Baras, who also came to say goodbye to the “master”, expressed his pain at the loss of an artist “to whom we owe a lot”. “One of the most important moments of my career was by his side,” the bailaora said, recalling the work Marianne Pineda of Federico Garcia Lorca to which Sanlúcar put music. “The pleasure of dancing to his music marked me a lot,” Baras said before entering the funeral chapel to show his respect and affection for the Andalusian artist’s family.
Vicente Amigo, Carmen Linares, Pepe de Lucía, José Mercé, Paco Cepero or Manuel Lombo are other illustrious names who have come to the Manolo Sanlúcar Auditorium to offer their condolences to the family.
The Minister of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía, Arthur Bernal, also visited this burning chapel and defined the artist as “one of the fundamental pillars of culture and flamenco”. J
The Mayor of Sanlucar de Barrameda, Victor Morawho spent the whole morning in the burning chapel, assured that “it is a sad day for the city” and thanked all the marks of affection and recognition that the artist has received through the networks since this Saturday .
The City Council of Sanlúcar de Barrameda has decreed three days of official mourning for the death who was a flamenco figure in the 20th century. These three days began this Sunday at 09:00 and will end on August 30.
After the closing of the Ardent Chapel, the coffin was transferred to the Church of Santo Domingowhere a funeral was held and later Sanlúcar’s mortal remains will be cremated at his city’s funeral home.