By Eloise Horsfield
A LONDON-BORN flamenco guitarist has received a tribute from Nerja locals for his contribution to the genre over three decades.
Mike Jingle, 61, (right) was born in Twickenham – but you would never believe that if you heard him play.
At a musical event at Torres de San Juan restaurant in Nerja, he was presented with a collage of his career and a guitar head mounted on a stand, to celebrate his life of flamenco.
“It’s incredible,” said the musician, who moved to Andalucia to learn his trade from gypsies. “It’s kind of like winning a mini Oscar.
“Close to 40 years ago I walked into the Tied End pub in Middlesex and heard the haunting flamenco guitar sound, which dramatically changed my life.”
Jingle believes being foreign helped him because of the ‘novelty factor’. He now specialises in performances at weddings and parties.