Manuela Santiago is a gypsy-born cantaora born in Alicante within a saga of consecrated artists. Her father, Manuel Santiago “El Mancheguito” taught Manuela since childhood the secrets of the art of flamenco singing.
After a childhood tinged with the voices and dances of her family, Manuela Santiago made her professional debut at age 15 in the company “Por Amor al Arte” owned by her brother Antonio Santiago (also cantaor). Shortly after, and without leaving the company, Manuela also began to perform at the tablao Los Lunares, the most important in Alicante.
Already in her twenties, our cantaora opens her wings and flies to one of the cradles of flamenco, Sevilla. There he performs in the best tablaos of the city and manages to win the affection and respect of the public. Of restless nature, Manuela spends these years of her life riding between Seville and Barcelona, two cities that have always had a special corner for flamenco.
Gypsy of race, Manuela Santiago has a cante that is born from its roots, it starts with force of the heart and it springs from its throat like a torrent of temperament. A broken voice and an authentic gypsy cante, an echo that recalls the voice of Remedios Amaya and that sounds with colors that only Manuela can paint.
Since August 2016 Manuela Santiago performs in Barcelona exclusively at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. His specialty, cante party, is also the type of cante that delights the public of the oldest tablao in the city.