Manolo Leiva Memorial Service on Saturday September 22, 2012

Manolo Leiva and Marija Temo

Photo from 2011, last solo cante with guitar performance of Manolo Leiva and Marija Temo

Marija Temo writes:

Thank you to all for your condolences for Manolo Leiva, for whom I was his flamenco guitar accompanist for 21 years. He was one of the great and well known flamenco singers of his time, and for me, he was a mentor, friend, and father figure.

Manolo Leiva passed away on Tuesday September 11, 2012. His ashes will eventually be taken back to Málaga, Spain, his place of birth. For those that would like to pay their respects, a memorial service will be:

11:00am Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
Our Lady of Grace Church
15661 Norbeck Boulevard
Silver Spring, MD
(This Church is inside the Leisure World Community)

If you would like to send something, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, the Leiva Family would prefer a donation to:

The Spain-USA Foundation

You can make contributions online or mail your checks to:
Spain-USA Foundation
2375 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037

(Established in 1999 to promote, support and develop a wide array of Spanish cultural and educational activities in the United States, the Spain-USA Foundation is a Nonprofit 501(c) Corporation based in Washington D.C.)

The Leiva family and myself thank you for your love, support and prayers.
-Marija Temo

[Editor’s note: I’ll be publishing an article about Manolo at a later date. If you have any anecdotes, stories or photos, please email them to me at]