Manel Tañé is a cantaor from Jerez de la Frontera. Tañé is currently one of the best singers for dance in the world of flamenco. Critics describe his cante as "wild," a label that he embraces with pride. His expression of flamenco possesses an ancestral quality not often heard. Raised in the “old” part of Jerez, in the La Plazuela district, Manel Tañé considers himself a unique cantaor; his family history and tradition are the base from which he sings, these ideas support him as he creates his future as a singer. Tañé never hides his love for the past. He loves tradition and he is proud of where he is from, the place where he has developed his unique talent.
In 1992, at the age of14, Tañé began his professional career at El Lugar de Tío Parrilla in his hometown, debuting as a cantaor in two recitals at the Peña Fernando Terremoto and the Peña La Buleria. Years later, sponsored by the legendary Juan Parrilla, Tañé expanded his career to various tablaos, primarily at the Tablao El Arenal in Sevilla and the Tablao Cordobés in Barcelona.
These experiences helped Tañé expand his repertory of cante. In these settings, Tañé gained the attention of numerous artists such as Antonio, "El Pipa." Tañé began to work in El Pipa's company in 1996. Under the tutelage of this legendary bailaor from Jerez, Manuel Tañé worked for eleven years on a national and international level. He appeared in the most prestigious theaters in the world, including the City Center in New York, The Royal Hall in London, and at the Paris Opera House, among many others.
Since then, his rich artistic trajectory and his style of penetratingly deep song made him much sought after by the most distinguished artists in flamenco. In this way, the voice of Manuel Tañé accompanied the baile of such remarkable artists as Manuela Carpio, Concha Vargas, Manuela Carrasco, Carmelilla Montoya, Antonio Fernández "Farru," Juan Polvillo, María Juncal, Soraya Clavijo and Karime Amaya.
Tañé appears in flamenco festivals around the world such as, La Bienal de Sevilla, the Festival de Córdoba, Festival de Jerez, Festival de La Unión, Suma Flamenca, Villa de Madrid, Festival de La Habana and the Festival de El Cairo. The list is nearly endless of the events in which Tañé works with the first rate flamenco artists of Spain.
Tañé’s abilities permit Tañé to sing as a soloist, 'delante,' as it is called in the flamenco community. In this way, Tañé performs in numerous peñas, where he is known for his penetrating voice emblematic of someone from the plaza, "un plazuelero." Particularly remarkable are his cantes por Soleá and Seguiriya. Some of the places where he appears as a soloist are the Peña Torre Macarena, Peña El Mellizo, Peña Juan Villar, Peña Antonio Chacón, and the famous Peña Los Cernícalos.
Among Tañé's interperative abilities, he displays an extensive command of the song forms, he is not only able to execute the matrix of cantes flamencos with creditworthiness, but he also dominates all types of style variations in interpretation.