The flamenco world lost one of the all-time guitar greats with the death this week of Moraito Chico, who died of cancer at the age of 55. In addition to influencing and inspiring a generation of guitarists and accompanying many of this generation’s great singers, Moraito was pretty much beloved by all who knew him. I’m still in shock that he’s gone. Here he is playing the sort of Buleria that made us all want to be him.

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18 Responses to “Moraito Dead At 55”

  1. Tim says:

    Love this guy’s playing. I’m bummed I only “discovered” him after his death. I would have loved to see him in concert.

  2. Kai says:

    I was lucky enough to see him a few times in Spain and he was amazing. Possibly the best accompanist of his generation, too.

  3. Adrian Lopez says:

    My flamenco teacher pointed me to a documentary about Moraito (no English subtitles, unfortunately): “El cante bueno, duele”

    • Kai says:

      Thanks Adrian – that was really fun to watch. I hadn’t seen him so young before, and that kid singing seguiriyas was amazing, too.

  4. Jerry says:

    What a tragedy. Excellent video choice Kai – the Buleria is amazing as played by the Master. He will be missed..

  5. Juanito says:

    Moraito’s musical style was original and strong, He is one of my personal favorites in the flamenco guitar world. His music leaves everyone who listens, and even those are listening to Flamenco for the first time, wanting more of his flavorful compositions. Listening to him made me smile more often than I can count than compare to any other of my favorite guitarists. I will miss him. A lasting impression, forever enscribed in the flamenco spirit, was carried to us from Jerez, Spain through Moratio Chico. His music will continue to live on and carry with it the Flamenco tradition of passion and grace to us. But, more importantly it will carry the FUN of flamenco that can be heard and felt through listening and playing the music of Moraito Chico.

  6. cuchares says:

    Here is a fine siguriya by Moraito.
    The first falseta is from a recording by Javier Molina accompanying Manuel Torre @1930.
    Diego del Gastor also played the falseta.
    Moraito vive siempre

  7. Eddie says:

    Damn!!…..Only the good die young! Incredible guitarist and inspiracion to flameco lovers. I am in shock!

  8. Did my comment get published?

  9. Diego de Morao, Moraito’s son, will play a concert dedicated to his father’s memory in San Francisco on October 22nd. He will also teach a three-day workshop in Berkeley Oct. 21, 22, 23. See for tickets to show, workshop registration and more information.

    Diego del Morao will also play as part of Diego El Cigala’s group in LA on Oct. 20, in Berkeley on Oct. 23 and in NYC on Nov. 1 as well as several other cities in the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    • Kai says:

      Yeah – I have tickets to see Cigala with Diego. We don’t get folks like these in L.A. that often, and I highly recommend going to this one.

  10. Garrett says:

    I can’t believe it. I’m stunned. RIP Moraito! You were an icon of flamenco guitar.


  11. Rick says:

    I, too, am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing Moaito Chico. I loved his music: To me it was sparse and rhythmic and reminded me to the rockabilly electric guitar style, saying a lot by saying just a little. Flamenco has lost a true icon.

  12. Vittorio says:

    How sad… I saw Moraito with José Mercé in Sevilla last year — a gentleman of flamenco, with that solid “toque de Jerez” por bulerías, and falsetas that even other people can play.

  13. Nigel says:

    Extremely shocked and sad to hear of Moraito passing away. I was very lucky to see him play in Jerez and london with Jose Merce a few years ago. I spent time in Jerez learning guitar and his influence was so apparent. Been away from the guitar for a while but not for long.

  14. El Mayimbe says:

    Strong effortless Bulerias. Above all a wonderful human being.

  15. jonjo says:

    Moraito gave flamenco the flesh and bone it deserves. Dynamic rhythms, a depth of expression…he made pain and beauty a visceral experience. What a great and sad loss.


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