Camarón de la Isla

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José Monje Cruz (5 December 1950 – 2 July 1992), better known by his stage name Camarón de la Isla, was a Spanish Romani flamenco singer. Considered one of the all-time greatest flamenco singers, he was noted for his collaborations with Paco de Lucía and Tomatito, and the three of them were of major importance to the revival of flamenco in the second half of the 20th century. Many consider Camarón to be the single most popular and influential flamenco cantaor (singer) of the modern period.

Relevance to MAPs and AAMs

In 1976, at the age of 25, Camarón married Dolores Montoya, a Romani girl from La Línea de la Concepción whom he nicknamed "La Chispa" (The Spark). At the time La Chispa was 16. The couple had four children.

Since the age of 18 is typically held as the 'magic age line' in a prevailing discourse influenced heavily by UN and American cultural imperialism / hegemony, Dolores Montoya's lifelong marriage to Camarón has relevance to MAPs, AAMs and their allies despite such attraction (Ephebophilia) and relations being normative throughout human history. Some authors, such as feminist writer Jessa Crispin, have critiqued how female attraction to older males is common yet increasingly pathologized in a way which denies the agency of younger females.[1]