EL TITI DE ALGECIRAS
FLAMENCO SINGER
Salvador Ramon Flores Loreto Montoya Heredia Cortes Arroyo de Los Reyes
known as 'el Titi de Algeciras' was born in Algeciras, Spain in 1942 into a gitano
(gypsy) family whose tradition is flamenco. Salvador, at a very early age,
experienced the art of bullfighting under the name "el Gitanillo de Algeciras", but
gave away this career after being badly gored by a bull.

Singing at a very early age under the name of "Montoyita" and later with
his cousins in a group called "Los Montoyas", the young singer learned his
art at the side of famous singers such as Antonio Mairena, who would
come to fiestas in his family home. Related to the famous gypsy families
of Los Montoyas, (nephew of Roque Montoya "Jarrito"), Los Chiquitetes,
the Utrera Sisters, the late Cameron de la Isla and growing up with Paco
de Lucia as a neighbour, the young Montoyita was offered work in the
tablaos such as La Corral del la Morreria in Madrid working with such
artists as dancer la Tati, Antonio el Pelau, and guitarist el Habichuela and
winning awards for his singing.

He arrived in Australia in 1966 with the flamenco dance company el Sali.
and after being offered a contract in Perth stayed working with the gypsy
dancer La Tani. Since then he has been the only authentic flamenco gypsy singer
in Australia and in high demand by Australian flamenco artists of the calibre
of Antonio Vargas, Diana Reyes and Gabriel Heredia in Sydney and
Melbourne. With performances too numerous to list over his many years
of performing, one of his highlights was to feature in the spectacular “Carmen”
Opera put on by the Victorian State Opera in 1992 in Sydney and Melbourne.
This led him to have a 12 month contract with the Melbourne Hyatt Hotel in their
Tapas Bar. Other highlights include supporting act with Julio Iglesias and the
Gypsy Kings.

His new gypsy world music group Calo' Calo' (Gypsy Gypsy) is making its mark
after appearing in WOMADelaide. An exciting, entertaining new world music
group, it explores the passionate and intricate rhythms of gypsy flamenco music
from the south of Spain. Fusing Latin, Arabic, blues and even country and
western sounds, Calo’ Calo’ incorporates a variety of instruments including
flamenco and electric guitar, flute and percussion. The original songs are created
by Titi and released on CD. Since making its debut at WOMAD 2000 this
popular group has made many appearances in venues around Adelaide including
La Bomba Latin nights and more recently as a featured group in the
TROPICANA Festival, part of the 2005 Backyard Festival at the Adelaide
Festival Centre.
This multi talented artist has also made his mark as a painter under the name
Salvador Loreto. CHISPA FLAMENCA - REVIEW - by Phil Callaghan of
Ausdance 11 July 2009 The dancers were accompanied by El Titi Algeciras
(song), Aloysius Leeson (guitar) and Adrian van Nunen (percussion). The singing
added greatly to the intensity of the performance and anyone in the audience
would have felt this resonance. El Titi Algeciras is one of the jewels in the
Australian flamenco scene, and it is great to see fine musicians such as Leeson
and Algeciras working together with dancers across a number of groups to
sustain their art-form. REVIEW OF BOLERO FLAMENCO
"First it had the splendid El Titi de Algeciras, whose songs did more than
accompany the dancing - at times they seemed to provide the reason for it.""?..
worth going to just for the singer" Alan Brissenden - Adelaide
Review