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Dolores Jimenez Alcantara
Dolores Jimenez Alcantara
 June 14, 1999
Age 90
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   Dolores Jimenez Alcantara, Spanish Flamenco Singer, 90

          By AL GOODMAN 

                MADRID -- Dolores Jimenez Alcantara, a blind singer who was 
          one of Spain's leading flamenco artists, died on June 14 in a hospital  
          in Malaga. She was 90.  

          Onstage Ms. Jimenez wore dark glasses and typically performed while 
          standing, supporting herself with one hand placed on the back of a chair. 
          She performed publicly until the late 1980s under the stage name La 
          Nina de la Puebla (The Girl From the Village) and was best known for 
          her rendition of "Los Campanilleros" ("The Bell Ringers"), a popular 
          Spanish ballad about children's folkloric choirs.  

          The daughter of a singing barber from Seville province, Ms. Jimenez was 
          born on July 28, 1908, in La Puebla de Cazalla, which gave rise to her 
          nickname. She had an eye infection when very young, and improper 
          treatment caused permanent blindness.  

          Ms. Jimenez began musical instruction at age 8 when her family moved to 
          Madrid. She warmed gradually to flamenco, received her first contract at 
          14 and gained a following after a successful performance at a festival in 
          Moron de la Frontera, southeast of Seville, at 20.  

          In 1931, she made her debut in Seville and a year later, in Madrid. She 
          took "Los Campanilleros" and moved it definitively into the realm of 
          flamenco.  

          A fellow flamenco singer, Manuel Torre, earlier had converted the same 
          spirited ballad into a melancholy flamenco song. But Ms. Jimenez's 
          version was lighter, peppery, more accessible yet still mournful. The song 
          became her trademark, and she performed it with traveling troupes 
          known as flamenco operas, which appeared in bullrings and theaters.  

          She spent decades fashioning countless other songs in a style that 
          flamenco experts often described as dulce, or sweet. She was 
          comfortable performing much of the flamenco repertory and its multiple 
          forms of haunting melodies and staccato laments.  

          In 1934 she married a fellow singer, Lucas Soto Martin, known 
          professionally as Luquitas de Marchena. He died in 1965. Their five 
          children -- two of whom, Adelfa and Pepe, are professional flamenco 
          performers -- survive her.  

          Ms. Jimenez had been scheduled to receive a gold medal from King Juan 
          Carlos I for Merit in Fine Arts. The authorities will now deliver the award 
          to her family. 

 
   Dolores Jimenez Alcantara
            
MADRID, Spain (AP) - Dolores Jimenez Alcantara, one of flamenco's leading  
singers, better known as ``La Nina de la Puebla'' (The Girl from Puebla),  
died Monday. She was 90.  

She suffered a brain hemorrhage during a performance last weekend.  

The singer was given her stage name in recognition of her birthplace, Puebla  
de Cazalla, just outside Seville.  

Blind from childhood, Jimenez dedicated herself to music from her early years  
and in the 1960s and 1970s captured the hearts of flamenco artists and fans.  

Admired for her ability to sing in a wide range of flamenco styles, she was  
probably best known for popularizing the Spanish traditional song ``Los  
campanilleros'' (The Bell Ringers).  

She was to have received Spain's Gold Medal for Fine Arts from King Juan  
Carlos next week. 

 
 
 
       
 

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