Manuela Carrasco was awarded with the prize known as the ‘Flamenco Nobel Prize’. This award, officially known as ‘Compás del Cante’, has reached its 32nd edition thanks to the Cruzcampo Foundation and has also recognised the young cantaor from Chiclana, Rancapino Hijo, in the ‘Nuevo Compás’ section. Manuela Carrasco is a dancer born in Triana, Seville, into a family of artists. At the age of 10 she made her debut professionally and, since then, she began a career that never ceased to grow, receiving the best critiques and recognitions.
Manuela Carrasco is a dancer born in Triana, Seville, into a family of artists. At the age of 10 she made her debut professionally and, since then, began a career that never ceased to grow, receiving the best critiques and recognitions. In 1974 she won the prize at La Reunión del Cante Jondo in La Puebla de Cazalla, the Premio Nacional Pastora Imperior and the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco Barcelona de Córdoba as well as the Cátedra de Flamencología de Jerez de la Frontera. From this moment on her career took off definitively and she began to work with the best artists of the time such as Camarón de la Isla, El Lebrijano or Pansequito del Puerto. In 1986 she toured America with the show Flamenco Puro accompanied by La Fernanda de utrera, Farruco and El Chocolate among others. During these years she also performed in the flamenco festivals of Barcelona and Andalusia, the Olympic Theatre of Rome, the Flamenco Festival of Paris, the Biennial of Flamenco Art, the Flamenco Summit of Madrid or, of course, in the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes of Barcelona.
Manuela Carrasco in Tablao Flamenco Cordobes
For his long career he has enough merits to win this ‘Flamenco Nobel Prize’. The jury of the ‘Compás del Cante’ was formed by Rafael Riquieni, president and winner of the previous edition, Antonio Zoido, director of La Bienal de Sevilla, Rafael Infante, director of the Chair of Flamencology at the University of Seville, Alberto García Reyes, journalist of ABC Sevilla, Berta Tapia, cultural director of RNE and Juan Luis Cano, speaker. In this way, Manuela Carrasco joins the list of artists who have won this award, such as Paco de Lucía, Enrique Morente, Lebrijano and José Menese among others. In addition, the bailaora Manuela Carrasco also received in November the International Flamenco Prize ‘Ciudad de Vera’.