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The Latin Grammy Awards are a week-long celebration by The Latin Recording Academy and include not only the 13th Latin Grammy Awards, but also the Lifetime Achievement Awards and Trustees Awards.

On 14 November 2012 the flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona Habichuela was presented with The Latin GRAMMY Awards®’s Trustees Award in a special ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas


Photograph courtesy of Universal

The Trustees AwardThis Special Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy’s Trustees to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording during their careers.

As Juan Habichuela was unable to attend the ceremony, his Trustees Award was collected by his son, Antonio Carmona.

Here is a clip of Juan Habichuela accompanying Antonio Carmona, singing a Fandangos de Huelva:

Juan Habichuela (Juan Carmona Carmona) was born in Granada in 1933. His father, the flamenco guitarist José Carmona Fernández (1909–1986), had plans for his son to become a flamenco dancer, but Juan’s heart was with the guitar and he was particularly drawn to accompanying cante. He was taught by his father and by the guitarists Juan Hidalgo López, ‘El Ovejilla’. At the age of 16 he moved to Madrid and starting working in the famous flamenco tablao Torres Bermejas, where he accomapnied many of the famous flamenco cantaores of the time, such as Manolo Caracol and Juanita Valderrama; he performed with Fosforito at the World Fair in New York in 1964.

Juan Habichuela has recorded with an equally impressive and long list of cantaores including Bernarda de Utrera, El Chocolate, El Lebrijano and Pansequito. He has released two recordings under his own name: De la Zambra al Duende (Universal, 1999) and Campo del Príncipe (Universal, 2002), where he accompanies cantaores such as Carmen Linares, Enrique Morente, Chano Lobato and Potito, as well as performing with other guest flamenco artists, such as Paco de Lucía, Tomatito and Alejandro Sanz.


© 2012 Thérèse Wassily Saba