Diego el Cigala - Flamenco vocalist
Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar was born in Madrid in December of 1968. The flamenco singer, Diego, el Cigala, is one of the most praised heirs of Camarón de la Isla in the cante flamenco, and it was Camarón himself who gave him the moniker Dieguito el Cigala.
Coming from a family of artists, he is the nephew of Rafael Farina. He grew up in the Rastro neighborhood of Madrid, where he began to make his own experiences as cantaor. At the young age of 12, he won first prize in the Young Flamenco Artist Contest of Getafe and an award on the TVE talent show, “Gente jóven.” He soon began to play at dances, being solicited by dancers like Cristóbal Reyes, Mario Maya, Manolete, Farruco, Manuel Camacho, and El Güito, among others.
In 1994, he started his solo career with the album, “Undebel,” produced by David Amaya. The album features guitarists like Antón Jiménez, David Amaya, Paquete and Tomatito. In 2000, he released “Entre Vareta and Canasta,” an album released with the promotional support from artists like Gran Wyoming, Santiago Segura, Pablo Carbonell and Javier Krahe, among others. The album features guitar playing by Niño Josele and Vicente Amigo. A year later, he put out “Corren Tiempos de Alegr�-a,” produced by Javier Limón and done with Niño Josele by his side. It features exceptional guest artists like Bebo Valdés and Jerry González. The album was nominated for the Best Flamenco Album award at the Latin Grammy awards. His fourth album was recorded during a concert at Madrid’s Teatro Real, where he was accompanied only by Niño Josele. It was also produced by Javier Limón.