Hundreds of neighbors, fans and personalities from the world of culture have said their last goodbye this Sunday to the guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar (Sanlúcar de Barrameda, 1943- Jerez de la Frontera, 2022), who died at the age of 78 this past Saturday after a artistic career dedicated to the world of flamenco that has earned him the recognition of the public and critics.
Since 9:00 a.m. this Sunday, hundreds of people have come to the Manolo Sanlúcar auditorium, in the former convent of La Merced, to say goodbye to this master, a figure of 20th-century flamenco, together with artists of the stature and renown of Paco of Lucia. Sources from the Sanlúcar de Barrameda City Council have told Europa Press that the burning chapel will close around 7:00 p.m. At 20.00 the mass is announced in the church of Santo Domingo.
Among the artists -above all, guitarists- who have come to the Cadiz town to bid farewell and tuck in Manolo Sanlúcar’s family, bailaora Sara Baras has stood out, recalling the “luck of having him around” throughout his career. In the political sphere, in addition to the Municipal Corporation of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, headed by its mayor, Víctor Mora, the first vice-president of the Parliament of Andalusia, Ana Mestre, has been present, who has conveyed the “affection, respect and admiration for the family by Manolo Sanlúcar on behalf of the Andalusian Parliament”.
In his social networks consulted by Europa Press, Mestre has highlighted that “with Manolo Sanlúcar, our feet will follow the beat and our memory will remember his sentencing phrases”. The mayor of Jerez, Mamen Sánchez, has also approached the funeral chapel to say goodbye to Manolo Sanlúcar, whose art “will sound eternally”, she has pointed out.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda has thrown itself into the farewell of one of its most illustrious neighbors, one of those who even decided to give up his last name –Manuel Muñoz Alcón– to take that of his town. Manolo Sanlúcar’s coffin has been covered with garments from the Virgen de la Esperanza, from the Brotherhood of the same name, and belongings from the Brotherhood of Silence, both brotherhoods of which the guitarist was a brother. Likewise, a city flag covered the mortal remains and a painting by Carmen Laffón with the figure of the artist as the protagonist has presided over the stage where the coffin has been located.
The sending of flower crowns has been incessant, according to the municipal sources consulted, who have even highlighted that a group of residents of Chipiona (Cádiz) has approached the funeral chapel to read a poem while a guitar played to put it to music. The town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda will be in mourning from today until August 30, as has been decreed by the City Council.
Favorite Son of Sanlúcar and the Province, Medal of Andalusia, Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts and Pastora Pavón Award, Niña de los Peines, among other “many and countless awards”, Manolo Sanlúcar has been “a composer of undoubted prestige and an exceptional guitarist”, underlined the Consistory. His work has gained international recognition and as a performer he has shown his creative ability on major stages around the world.
Manolo Sanlúcar has been one of the figures in the world of Spanish culture and arts who “has contributed the most to spreading the name of his hometown throughout the world”. “I have always fought carrying the word of my people, in such a way that I am a man who renounced his surname to take Sanlúcar,” he said last May at the inauguration of the Auditorium that bears his name. of the.