Sastipén talí CD - Paco Fernández
"Sastipén talí", which means 'health and freedom' in caló (language spoken by gypsies), is the first solo record by Paco Fernández. In this debut, the guitarist is accompanied by great flamenco figures Dorantes, Diego de Morao, Potito, "El Farru" and his siblings Esperanza Fernandez and Jose Fernandez.. The lyrics and the music on almost all the themes in the record have been composed by Paco Fernández himself, who can even be heard singing on some of them.
Francisco Fernandez Vargas, “Paco Fernandez”, was born in 1967 in Triana, in the heart of one of the most prestigious families in the world of flamenco.
The legacy of his father, Curro Fernandez, and his mother, Pepa Vargas, marked Paco and his siblings, Jose and Esperanza, in the most pure Gypsy style. With this background, not surprisingly, he began his artistic journey at a very early age. At the age of eight he starts to play the guitar and received his first lessons from the master Rafael Amador, a component of the group "Pata Negra". Later he continues his apprenticeship with the master of the guitar Miguel Perez. At the age of twelve he officially debuted alongside his siblings Esperanza and Jose Fernandez in the Alvarez Quintero Theater in Seville, forming the "Pandilla Gitana." The following year his parents, Pepa Fernandez Curro Vargas, alongside with the major representative Jose Antonio Pulpón, had a great idea to form one of the most recognized flamenco families from the national level, "La Familia Fernandez". With this formation they happily spent eight years in the best festivals in Spain and represented numerous performances and tours in America, Europe, Japan, India and represented Spain at the popular "World Meeting of Gypsy’s." Paco Fernandez has performed with leading figures such as Camarón de la Isla, Antonio Núñez "Chocolate", Farruco, Rocio Jurado, Fosforito, Juanito Villar, Potito, Duquende, Diego Carrasco, Antonio Canales, Remedios Amaya, La Susi, Juanita Reina, Aurora Vargas and many more.
01. Sastipén Talí – Alegría - 6'55''
02. La Tarara – Rumba - 3'58''
03. Moma Lebrija – Bulería - 6'14''
04. Guitarrista Pobre – Jaleo - 3'51''
05. Gandhi - Soleá por Bulerías - 5'55''
06. Mira lo que da Triana – Tango - 5'33''
07. Do, Re, Mi – Bulería - 4'43''
08. La Fragua de mi Pare Curro – Seguiriya - 4'01''
09. Chache Curro Romero – Bulería - 3'25''
10. Mi Hija Soleá – Nana – 4’30”
Two sides can be distinguished on this album. A more orthodox one, appreciable in the seguiriya ‘La Fragua de mi pare Curro’ or in the bulerías dedicated to his mother Pepa Vargas, ‘Momá Lebrija’, in which his brother Joselito and Farruco appear on baile. And a more heterodox one is glimpsed in ‘La Tarara’, performed by his sister Esperanza Fernández; in ‘Do, re, mi’, bulerías paying tribute to great artists such as Mozart, Picasso, Lorca and Falla; and in the alegrías of the same name as the first album by the Sevillian guitarist, ‘Sastipén Talí’, in which Potito's voice appears.
The jaleos ‘Guitarrista pobre’, the soleá through bulería ‘Gandhi’, the tangos ‘Mira lo que da Triana’, the lullaby ‘Mi hija Soleá’ and the bulerías ‘Chache Curro Romero’ complete the range of songs making up the first record of the multi-faceted Triana-born artist.