Sunday, 18 October 2009

La diva de la mejor cantante

As the countdown to our Spanish holiday begins in earnest, I think it appropriate to pay tribute to one of that country's most respected and majestic singers, Maria Dolores Pradera.

Born in Madrid in 1924, Senora Pradera began her long and illustrious career as an actress back in the 1950s. Her beautiful and delicate voice soon led her to huge international success as a singer, not just in Spain but across the Latin world.

Specialising in classic song formats like the Bolero, Ronda and Fado, she has recorded more than 50 albums, all of them selling in their millions across the globe. Over the years she has performed duets with a cavalcade of top Latin and Spanish artists including the late, great Rocio Jurado, and at the age of 85 she continues to perform and works to support the emerging careers of new Spanish singers and musicians.

Maria was honoured in 2008 alongside luminaries such as Vikki Carr and Astrud Gilberto with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the US Latin Recording Academy, to add to her many awards in her native Spain. A most beautiful vocalist indeed. Madame Arcati recently discovered this diva's music and has made quite a collection of her work - we love her!

And then there is this beautiful masterwork:

María Dolores Fernández Pradera (born 29th August 1924)

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