Ezequiel Benitez

Ezequiel Benitez

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Ezequiel’s singing falls within the orthodox cannons of flamenco, yet his songs are accessible to a wide variety of audiences. He updates traditional songs with new lyrics and exemplifies artistic versatility by flawlessly fusing flamenco with pop and other styles of world music.

Biography

Ezequiel Benítez Domínguez was born into a family of artists in Jerez, Spain in 1979 and was introduced to flamenco very early in life by his father, the prestigious music researcher Alfredo Benítez. Ezequiel performed for the first time at the age of 14, launching a career that has taken him to some of the most important theatres in the world as a musician in large-scale productions.

Ezequiel is the recipient of many important awards. His first was the Jóvenes Valores de Jerez Prize in 1997. Others include the Yunque Flamenco of Catalonia (2001), the Puerto Real Flamenco Competition (1998) and the recently awarded Best Latinamerican Songwriter International Prize.

Ezequiel’s singing falls within the orthodox cannons of flamenco. However, this is not a limitation. Ezequiel updates traditional songs with new lyrics and exemplifies artistic versatility by deftly navigating the waters between pure flamenco, as a singer, and other styles of music, including contemporary pop, as a composer. As a songwriter, he is already considered one of the most important in Spain’s current pop scene, as he composes music for such important artists as Malú, Radio Macandé, Tamara, etc.

His first job as a producer was on the record “Así es la navidad,” sponsored by Spanish National Radio COPE and in collaboration with artists such as El Barrio and Fernando Terremoto. He also produced his own first álbum, Sobrellevé, and has collaborated in the recording projects of such artists as José Mercé, David DeMaría, Navajita Plateá and Los Delinqüentes.

Discography

Sobrellevé (LP), 2008