Moraíto Chico II
He was known as one of the greatest and most in-demand accompanying guitarists of his generation, and was the regular accompanist for José Mercé, Diego Carrasco and other popular flamenco singers. He also played regularly for such stars as La Paquera de Jerez, Camarón de la Isla and Manuel Agujetas. Moraito was particularly renowned for his powerful, full and round sound, driving rhythm and exceptional rasgueos. He was one of the finest exponents of the buleria and can be seen and heard paying in this style on Carlos Saura's influential 'Flamenco' and "Flamenco, Flamenco' films.
He was the nephew of the original Moraíto (Manuel Moreno a.k.a. Manuel Morao), and son of the original Moraíto Chico (Juan Moreno). His son, Diego Del Morao, is one of the best known of the current generation of Flamenco guitarists.
He died on 10 August 2011, after a long struggle with cancer.
He has recorded two solo albums:
- "Morao, Morao"
- "Morao y Oro"
Moraito also participated in an instructional video and scores booklet (now published as a DVD) with Encuentro Publications which included in the first part of the video / DVD five selected pieces from his repertoire: two Bulerías, Sevillanas, Tangos and Vals-Bulerías. The second part was devoted to Moraíto's speciality: together with singer Fernando Terremoto (also deceased), Moraíto focused on basic principles and difficulties of the accompaniment of cante using Malagueñas, Seguiriyas and Tientos/Tangos.
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