María Elena “La Cordobesa”
About María Elena “La Cordobesa”
María Elena “La Cordobesa” hailed from Cordoba, Spain, where she made her flamenco debut at the age of six while hiding under her mother’s dining room table out of shyness. María Elena’s powerful, evocative, and plaintive cante (song) was the essence of traditional flamenco. She was the founder of Rincón del Flamenco, a premiere flamenco troupe in the Twin Cities. One of a handful of native flamenco singers in the US, María Elena shared her song internationally, as well as with the Twin Cities and Anda Flamenco.
In addition to receiving three coveted Minnesota Music Awards, María Elena was awarded La Cruz de la Orden de Mérito Civil in 2008. This prestigious honor was bestowed upon her by Juan Carlos, the King of Spain, in recognition of La Cordobesa's years of contribution to the art of flamenco in the U.S. "La Cordobesa" died on April 29, 2009 and will be forever remembered.