Just as some people know how to give a good party, the Bean -that is, the Carmona- know how to give a good tribute. They summon you at 9:30 p.m. and they do not let you go until almost one o'clock in the morning. Saturday afternoon was the time when the Carmona wanted to celebrate 60 years as a flamenco guitarist of Pepe Habichuela And for that, they gathered all the flamenco strains of Granada. There were the whole Habichuela and the Morentes, with Estrella, Soleá and Kiki. Two well-flamenco families of the Albaicín. And there were also the Heredia and the Maya, two other equally flamenco families of Sacromonte. Those of the Albaicín more than cante; those of Sacromonte more than dancing. And in between, Miguel Ríos, a rocker who knows how to play flamenco.
The three hours of show tribute offered much flamenco and some surprises in the form of advances and reviews. The advance, undoubtedly, the return of the Ketama, again together on stage so many years later and just two months after the start, also in Granada, of the new tour of their reunion. The review came from the hand of Miguel Ríos and their Cantares Antonio Machado and Joan Manuel Serrat. The rocker from Granada recalled that 25 years ago he had sung the song of "Caminante, there is no road, but trails in the sea …" in a television program together with Enrique Morente and with Pepe Habichuela on guitar. This Saturday of the end of 2018, Miguel Ríos was still there, in perfect state of review, to sing it with the next generation of flamenco. On the guitar, Josemi Carmona, son of Pepe, and accompanying the rocker, Kiki Morente, also Enrique's son. The result, precious, moved the audience.
Habichuela likes to organize tributes and, yes, they are good at it. A little over 22 years ago, in February 1996, a homage was paid to Juan Habichuela in Granada, brother of Pepe and also guitarist. Then there were two days. A little over a year ago, the Price circus in Madrid hosted three days of homage to Pepe. The Habichuela do not settle for a while. The circle closes now in Granada, with a concert to a single session and in which there have been many of those who accompanied him in 2017 in Madrid. But if anything characterizes this now is that, perhaps for the families convened, has been more orthodoxly flamenco and, above all, has genuinely resulted granaino. Up and down the stage. Upstairs, with almost 40 artists from the different flamenco styles of the city. Down, in the audience, with 2,000 granainos Y granainas applauding everything.
The tribute started with two pieces by the honored guitarist, 74 years old. In the second, the recorded and unmistakable voice of maestro Enrique Morente accompanied Habichuela in a fandango that filled the venue with excitement and applause. After him, Miguel Ríos jumped on stage to turn his rock into jazz Boabdil the Boy (goes to the north) and he said goodbye with his Song flamenco along with Kiki Morente and Josemi Carmona. With Ríos and out of the scene came flamenco. Josemi and Juan Habichuela on guitar played the Morentes guys, Kiki and Soleá, and to others who followed. Two brothers Maya and Alba Heredia put on the dance that turned out to be excessively long. And facing the final stretch of the show, came the re-encounter of Ketama. Even if it was only for one song, a sigh of three minutes, there they were again on stage Antonio, Juan and Josemi Carmona that, as a message to the audience, they chose their song for the meeting I will live.
Many were the Habichuela that climbed from there to the scene. Among them, the guitarist Juan Habichuela, nephew grandson of the honoree and called to maintain the status of the beans as great guitarists. And towards the end of the show, the big Morente was still missing, Star. She also wanted to pay tribute to her uncle Pepe. And he achieved it with the perfection and the taste that lately accompanies him in his performances.
The end of the party put on stage the more than 40 people from all the Flemish families present there. At the rhythm of a flamenco villancico capable of prolonging what was needed, the party threatened not to end. Some entered and others went out to dance and the show showed signs of not having an end time. It could be in ten minutes or two hours later. With the departure to the center of the stage of Pepe Habichuela, who was not very encouraged to dance, and his wife, the show ended when it should, three hours after its start. While the last spectators left, the flamenco revelry could be heard from inside the dressing rooms. With at least four Flemish families in there, it is only a guess that they will have finished it.