Manitas de Plata (Little Silverhands) (born Ricardo Baliardo, August 7, 1921 - November 5, 2014) was a French Gitano flamenco guitarist.
He was born in a Gypsy (Gitano) caravan in Sète in southern France. He became famous by playing each year at the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Gypsy pilgrimage in Camargue, where he was recorded live by Deben Bhattacharya. Manitas de Plata only agreed to play in public ten years after the death of Django Reinhardt, unanimously considered the king of gypsy guitarists. One of…
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