Born in Barcelona in 1943, Joan Manuel Serrat is perhaps one of the artists who most defended his original Catalonia. Perhaps that is why he couldn't keep it while he was giving a concert in his town and before his people, a spectator would reject him singing in Spanish.
"Sing in Catalan, we're in Barcelona," they said since you could hardly hear a piano and a violin in the background. "Nano" raised his left arm and gestured to the band to stop playing.
What followed was two minutes of a monologue where Serrat showed his anger, but without losing his lukewarmness: "Look, there is always someone coming clueless to a show"Serrat started, and immediately asked for silence for those who began to applaud him.
"This record was composed in Spanish 47 years ago, and this show goes over it from top to bottom. I know I am in Barcelona, I know for sure. And since before you work for this city, "he launched one of the most recognized Spanish-speaking writers.
He continued, "I ask you to let me do my show as it is designed, I assure you this is the first time I have to stop the show that it has toured all over the world because someone says something like that. can feel proud, "he concluded.
Joan Manuel Serrat, in one of the concerts of the "Mediterráneo Da Capo" tour. Photo Juan José García.
Serrat has been one of Catalina's toughest defenders. For example, during his career, he refused to represent Spain at a European festival because Francisco Franco's government forbade him to perform the song "La, la, la" in Catalan.
But there are those who accuse Serrat of demonstrating against the unilateral declaration of independence. So much so that there were those who felt him a traitor and started a campaign against him on social networks.