We’ve lost another true giant among guitarists: Flamenco legend Paco de Lucia has died at the age of 66. Born Francisco Sanchez Gomez, the guitarist had an impact that reached well beyond his instrument in his Spanish birthplace, Algecrias. Via BBC News Europe:
Algeciras is to hold two days of official mourning. Its mayor, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, called the musician’s death an “irreparable loss for the world of culture and for Andalusia.”
Author Emma Martinez, in a sidebar of the BBC article, reflects on de Lucia:
For me, as for the vast majority of my contemporaries, Paco was, is and forever will be the ultimate flamenco guitarist. As a classical guitarist (retired), for me he also became simply the world’s greatest guitarist regardless of genre, and one of the world’s best composers for guitar.
Read more at BBC.