Enrique Morente is given the Legion of Honor

The French government wishes to honor the ‘exceptional career’ of the flamenco performer

In its press release, the French Institute has said that Morente was soon discovered as one of the most influential vocalists in flamenco who has gone on to make history with “brilliant innovations ” in music , performing among others the poems of Juan Ramón Jiménez, Picasso and García Lorca.

He was able, they add, to open the ‘infinite richness’ of flamenco to new view points, working with symphonic orchestras, “mixing flamenco with traditional Mediterranean music and World music in general “ over a lifetime of being a “pioneer, purist and precursor”.