Kiko Veneno

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Kiko Veneno in 2005

José María López Sanfeliu (born April 3, 1952 Figueres, Girona), better known by his stage name Kiko Veneno, is a Spanish musician.


He was brought up in a military home in Figueres, grew up in Cádiz finally settling down in Seville. He got the nickname Kiko while studying at university.[1] He studied History and philosophy and after graduating, travelled through Europe and the US. During his travels he attended concerts of artists like Frank Zappa, and Bob Dylan which influenced his style. Still, also during these years he rediscovered flamenco. In 1975 he formed the group Veneno with brothers Rafael and Raimundo Amador. In 1977 they produced the eponymous album Veneno produced by Ricardo Pachon. Although not a great hit at the time it is now considered a classic Spanish album.

In 1979 he collaborated with Camarón de la Isla, the famous gypsy flamenco singer, on the classic album La leyenda del tiempo. In 1982 he published his first solo album Seré Mecánico por Ti, produced by Jose Luis de Carlos, which had a poor commercial performance. During the 1980s he continued to publish songs but due to lack of commercial success he had to supplement his music working for the council of Seville.

The most successful part of his career started in 1992 when he signed BMG-Ariola and released his albums Échate un cantecito (1992) and Está muy bien eso del cariño, both produced by Joe Dworniak. The first album produced several hits like "En Un Mercedes Blanco" and "Joselito". The success of these albums allowed him to devote himself full-time to music.

Kiko Veneno in 2019.

In 1992, Kiko sponsored the creation of a group that would be called Mártires del Compás, formed by Chico Ocaña, Raul Rodriguez and Jose Caraoscura. Disagreements between Ocana and Kiko meant that the group split in two: Ocaña took the name of the group and went solo, and Raul Rodriguez and Jose Caraoscura (Kiko in the background) formed Caraoscura. They released an album in 1995 entitled ¿Qué es lo que quieres de mí?.

In 1999 he toured Argentina to give a series of concerts which were a critical success. After three more records Kiko ended his contract with Ariola and decided to produce future music himself.

In September 2005 he released El Hombre Invisible. Ever since, he has mostly collaborated with other musicians, while releasing his own new songs only via digital download.

In 2006 he formed the group G5 along Los Delinqüentes, Tomasito and Muchachito Bombo Infierno.

His album Sombrero Roto has been nominated for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award (2019).[2]

Selected discography[edit]


  • Veneno (CBS, 1977).
  • El pueblo guapeao (Twins, 1989).

Kiko Veneno[edit]

  • Seré mecánico por ti (Epic, 1981).
  • "Si tú, si yo" (Epic, 1984) - maxisingle.
  • Pequeño salvaje (Nuevos Medios, 1987).
  • Échate un cantecito (BMG Ariola, 1992).
  • Está muy bien eso del cariño (BMG, 1995).
  • Punta Paloma (BMG, 1997).
  • Puro veneno (BMG, 1998)
  • La familia pollo (BMG, 2000).
  • El hombre invisible (Nuevos Medios, 2005).
  • Dice la Gente (Warner, 2010).
  • Sensación Térmica (2013)

Kiko Veneno and Pepe Begines[edit]

  • Gira mundial (Elemúsica, 2002).

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Un ratito de gloria (BMG, 2001)



  1. ^ Barcelona 2004 Web Site "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2008-07-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "22 nominees shortlisted for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award | Impala". Retrieved 2020-02-03.

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