In Sherry This young woman who has carried the name of the land of wine and the musical heritage of her house to all corners of the world had her birthplace. She is the granddaughter of the legendary cantaor Terremoto and the historic Betic footballer Antonio Benitezthe daughter of Fernando Earthquake has been able to read the importance of his legacy in a current key. She is a singer of great naturalness and virtuoso compás, she has all the artistic weight of the old Jerez women combined with the agility and astuteness of younger cante. María likes the most unique styles of her land, from the soleá to the tientos, but she is a doctor cum laude in the execution of the bulerías to which he imprints all the flavor of the Paquera, the neighborhood of Santiago and Calle de la Sangre, with his voice full of flashes of the northern lights.
From a very young age feels flamenco as something natural that she carries in her veins. She has grown up listening in her house to the echoes of the most important Jerez artists of all times who spent sleepless nights sharing experiences with his father Fernando. When she was only eight years old, she took to the stage of the Grief Fernando Earthquake from Jerez de la Frontera with his father, where he left everyone open-mouthed singing bulerías. Over the years, she has been to a multitude of flamenco clubs and festivals, reaping great success, to the point of being claimed by events as important as the Seville Flamenco Biennial or the Sherry Festivalwhere critics describe it as the banner of the new generation of jondo. After his first appearance at the Seville Biennale, he was awarded one of the most prestigious awards on the flamenco scene, the Giraldillo Revelation. She is always innovating and reinventing herself, in her performances, María takes a journey through the traditional songs that she has been learning from the cradle, doing at times a homage to his greatest and only teacher, his father.
A flamenco without limits
-How was growing up in a family like yours full of art and such important figures?
-It is worn as something normal because when you live it from within you see it natural and everyday, but I wear it with great pride, it is a family pride.
-And now? Because your partner is also a singer, how do you lead a family life among artists, is it complicated?
-Well, it’s normal we’re used to it because in my partner’s family they are also artists, the only thing is that now being parents and traveling so much sometimes it’s a bit complicated for us, but we get along very well.
– You are a reference in many ways for many people, but what are yours, who do you admire?
-Many and of all musical styles. I can tell you Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Carmen Linares, Manolo Caracol…
-Have you ever felt offended by the prejudices or stereotypes that people have towards flamenco or towards the gypsy people?
– Yes, but not because she is a gypsy per se, but because she is a flamenco singer and wants to do more things. I’ve felt the weight of being flamenco when wanting to do other kinds of music, but that hasn’t stopped me and it won’t. I always want to do other things and that’s how I’m going to continue, I’m going to do what I want.
-Do you see in your daughter glimpses of an artist too?
– Yes, without a doubt. She spends the day singing and dancing and, on top of that, she tunes in! Suddenly we put music on her and she starts singing in tune, she does it very well. He puts on my shawls, points out ways, of course he does.
– Do you have any routine before or after acting?
– After working, rehearsing or a concert, what I do the most and what I like to do the most is be with my family. Surround myself with my family, my friends, on the banks of the river in Triana, with the little guitar and have peace of mind.
– Do you like Granada?
-I love Granada, it is one of the most beautiful things in Andalusia, the public is special, it is different.
-What do you remember as your best performance or the one you enjoyed the most?
-Well, recently, in May in the tribute to Rocío Jurado Women Sing to Rocío Jurado. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful things I have ever done.
– A very busy summer awaits you, what commitment are you most looking forward to?
-A lot of very nice people come, it’s the first time I travel to Toulouse, I also have an event in August that I can’t say what it is, but it’s going to be super cool and we’ll also go to New York, but I can’t say anything yet.
– When you perform outside of Spain, it’s always a success because in places like Japan or the US it’s true that this art is greatly respected and admired, so do you think that the culture of flamenco should be promoted more in our country?
-Of course, the flamencos themselves are the first ones who should promote the culture of flamenco in our country. They must open up hatred and help their art reach the rest of the world, for example, a man from Alabama is going to be spellbound watching a bailaor, but if he listens to a cantaor it will cost him more no matter how much he transmits the music. He has to force a lot of hate because he doesn’t understand the language. What I want to tell you is that, in many cases, we are talking about an audience that has not heard that music and we must adapt ourselves a little to that man from Alabama so that it reaches him, understands it and gets emotional.