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The Mayor of Totana propose to the plenary of the corporation the appointment of a street Santos Montiel (30/01/2010)

The Mayor of Totana, José Martínez Andreo, propose, through a motion of Mayor, full of the Corporation the appointment of a street in the municipality of Santos Montiel in recognition of his contribution to popular music traditions of Totana.

The mayor explained that the City will pay a heartfelt tribute to this totanero who has composed many musical pieces that are now part of the culture of the municipality at the same time has left its mark on the sculptures that have come from his forge.

According to Martínez Andreo, Santos Montiel is and will for many years, significant part of the culture of this county, since many of the lyrics to the songs of the pilgrimage of La Santa, have left their hands.


Tudela Santos Montiel was born in Totana on June 27, 1941, is a person closely linked to the maintenance and promotion of local traditions of Totana, in particular, popular music totanera.

The totanero felt the love of music from an early age and joined the municipal band.

His career has been devoted primarily in his forge where he has held a fruitful working tradespeople, while his hobby has led to the composition basically popular and folk music.

In parallel, since little has cultivated a taste for popular songwriting processions, serenades and Havana, belonging to different bands as Los Cuates "and" Piyayo "and is a member of the Choir of the Parish of St. James since many years, where he maintains a careful activity.

This love for the cultural roots and popular music totanera led him to be an exceptional player and promoter of Totana Habaneras Contest, held during the festivities in Santiago in July.

For this event, has worked actively with the composition of many pieces required to have been interpreted by the group participants in some editions of the twenty-nine meetings.

Santos Montiel wrote, being forced Havana in the Contest of Habanera de Totana, the following pieces: "Illusion of Love" (1995), "I will be happy" (1997), "A sailboat and a Song" (1998) and "Together ti "(1999).

Other songs he has written over his long musical career and are now part of the great popular music and cultural heritage of our town are "Ode to Totana", "Beautiful you", "Viva Santa Eulalia", "Time happened "," I was born here, "MONTISOLA", "Rosa," among others.

Indeed, as a component of local musical groups, has been the alma mater of the compact edition of whose songs have been the architect of his music and lyrics, among which genres as diverse as pasodobles, ballads and waltzes, including many others.

In the hands of Santos Montiel in his professional side, have emerged as the iron works Cruz de la Fuente de San Pedro, various jobs in the two parishes of the town and the Sanctuary of Santa, as well as works such as the crucifix, coats of Totana and Alhama, and a reproduction of Santa Eulalia, among others.

In recent years he has worked in the production of several new compositions commemorating the descent of the Holy, his saint, the offering and increase the sanctuary, where you can appreciate the sentiment and identity of the author when enlarge and witness, through his musical compositions, popular sentiment and fervor of the people of Totana to her mistress.

At this time, he composed many musical pieces that have allowed enlarging the local musical tradition, while it has left its mark on the sculptures that have come out of his forge distributed by various sights and local culture.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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