El mito. La leyenda. La Chunga (Micaela Flores Amaya) is a Spanish flamenco dancer and singer as well as artist. She was born in Marseille, France in 1938 after her Andalusian Romani family had to flee Spain during the civil war. A year after her birth, they returned to Barcelona.

She began dancing at an early age in a popular bodega in the gypsy community of El Poble-Sec – the Ca La Rosita where she was the discovered and mentored by the painter Paco Rebes. As she grew, she became the muse for several well known writers and painters – if you consider Dali and Picasso well known enough and eventually was able to have several exhibitions in galleries around Europe.

She was known as the ‘Barefoot Dancer’ because of – you guessed it! – her style of barefoot flamenco dance. Ava Gardner was able to help get her some exposure in America in the 1950s and that led to her appearance in cinema and television in both the United States and Mexico.
On our 7 inch 45 rpm which can be found in the Cartagena Exchange section found on shelf A3 put out by the label Pergola (10099 B), there are 4 tracks – two on either side. Lead vocals are supplied by La Chunga with Eduvigis providing backing voice on “La Festera” and “Los Pelaos”; guitar accompianment by Juanito Serrano.

This minimalist recording has held up very well considering its age and travel and the disc cleaned up with little surface noise. This and our other collection of flamenco 45s and compilations make a candle lit evening in An Sibin a great spot to treat your ears.

Joe P says be sure to enjoy an El Jimidor and tonic with fresh lime whilst savoring the simplistic complications of La Chunga. All Public Records flamenco selections can be enjoyed with our Hummus & Black Bean Dipping Platter