José Luis Figuereo Franco, better known by the stage name El Barrio, is a Spanish new flamenco singer. He was born on the 4 June 1970 in Cádiz in Calle Botica 29 in the district of Santa María.
Figuereo is known as one of the more well-rounded artists from Andalucía, as he is not only a singer, he is also a composer and a poet - a singer-songwriter who uses the old flamenco techniques as well as new.
As a poet he gives fresh airs to the flamenco, although he does not tell specific stories, it is very easy to see yourself reflected in them. The contents of his songs define an urban flamenco, describing concepts and full of feeling. His language is lyrical and modern, full of slang, youthful and uses gypsy expressions when appropriate.
Being a poet, his voice has a strong and different tone which is reminiscent to the great Spanish flamenco singers. He has first-class use of his throat when singing.
His poetry is evocative of the poetry from the Generation of '27, from the surrealism of Alberti, to the more gypsy Federico García Lorca and the passionate Miguel Hernández.
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