|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
Carotone performing on 13 December 2007
|Birth name||Antonio de la Cuesta|
9 January 1970 |
|Labels||Virgin, Bloom Produzioni|
|Website||Official Website (in Italian)|
Tonino Carotone (born Antonio de la Cuesta on January 9, 1970 in Burgos, Spain) is a Spanish singer-songwriter. The majority of his childhood and adolescence were spent in Pamplona, Spain. Although Tonino has had a lifelong love for Italian music, he did not visit Italy until 1995 when he flew there in order to avoid Spanish military service. In 2000, Tonino gained success in Italy shortly after releasing the single Me cago en el amor from his debut album Mondo difficile. In 2003 Tonino returned with yet another Italian inspired album, Senza Ritorno.
- Me Cago en el Amor (Virgin, 1999)
- La Radiolina - Manu Chao (Virgin, 2007)
- Bahia Sound System - Compilation (2006)
- Malacabeza - Arpioni (Alternative, 2005)
- Buona Mista Social Ska! - Arpioni (Gridalo Forte Records, 2001)
- Los Guachos - Karamelo Santo (Benditas Producciones, 2001)
- Fuerza Volume 1 - Compilation (Virgin, 2000)
- Peret Rey de la Rumba - Compilation (Virgin, 2000)
In 2006, Tonino and writer Federico Traversa released a book titled Il Maestro dell’Ora Brava.
Previous to his solo work, Tonino formed part of the Pamplona based group Kojon Prieto y los Huajolotes, gaining a moderate following before disbanding in 1995.
- Tonino Carotone & Federico Traversa, Il Maestro dell’ora Brava, Genova, Chinaski Edizioni, 2006 (ISBN 8889966025)