I love to sing.  I am a Flamenco singer devoted to the flamenco art and latin rhythms like latin jazz style Boleros . My feelings for flamenco is more a relationship within my own soul of contentment, happiness, sadness, and rediscovery.  The beauty of connecting with real people, the world, and what I can do to make people feel alive with all their senses is what is behind that.  I was born in Venezuela and was always intrigued with Spanish coplas or songs.  I've been surrounded with Spanish influences all my life which have turned me onto the path of the flamenco art. 

I've made Vancouver, BC my home for the last 16 years.  I have had the joy of meeting and performing with many wonderful flamenco musicians and dancers in the Vancouver area and beyond.  You may recognize some of these fine people in my
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Biography - English

Jafelin's Biography:

Jafelin was born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, a country where Spanish influence is ever-present. Since her childhood, it was evident that singing and dancing were not only a passion, but a gift as well.  Jafelin studied and performed contemporary dance, and she later took voice lessons with renowned Venezuelan tenor Carlos Almenar Otero.

Oddly enough, Jafelin’s lifelong interest in Flamenco only bloomed upon her coming to Canada in 1996, where she took Flamenco dance lessons.  It wasn’t long before Jafelin became a regular in Flamenco circles around the Greater Vancouver area, performing both as bailaora (dancer) and cantaora (singer).  Jafelin’s particular talent as cantaora didn’t go unnoticed. 
Soon she became a fixture in the local Flamenco community as a singer.  In fact, singing became her main career and passion.  She believes that the Flamenco art form is charged with emotions; raw and pure.   As Flamenco evolves and branches out, it is her hope that the art form stays true to its core cultural roots. 

Jafelin has continuously studied or collaborated with only the highest caliber of Flamenco artist.  Just a few have been David Lagos, Melchora Ortega, Rafael De Utrera, Eva and Domingo Rubichi, Dolores Agujetas, Jesus Montoya, Sara Salado, Gaspar Rodregues, Emilio Ochando, Ricardo Lopez, Cristo Cortez, David Hornillo, Christina Hall, Manuel  Tañé, Momi de Cadiz, Jesus Flores de Moron, Vicente Griego and more.  

She was invited to contribute to Juan de Maria’s CD Mimbre, where she performs the song Los Tientos de La Niña with her trademark intense, deep-felt passion. She has since created her first solo CD, Tantos Caminos, in collaboration with guitarist, Gerardo Alcala (Gary Hayes), in which they offer renditions of popular traditional Flamenco forms.   Yet, Jafelin is never satisfied with her art and is always striving for more.  More recently, she has released the album “Algo De Mi” (A Part Of Me), a selection of Boleros songs in a Latin Jazz arrangement.  Jafelin is currently planning her next CD project.

On the Flamenco front, Jafelin often performs with the Flamenco Alcalá group, Al Mozaico Flamenco, Centro Flamenco and other groups and musicians in the Greater Vancouver area.  Recently, Jafelin has also been performing with the Locura Latin Jazz Trio to the delight of many. 


Jafelin has traveled and performed in Toronto, Ontario, Orlando, Florida, the Caribbean, Caracas, Venezuela and at numerous venues in British Columbia, Canada.
She has appeared in many theatre shows and is a regular at restaurants such as Kino Café, Chai Lounge, Kozmik Zoo to name a few.  You can find out more about Jafelin at her website, www.jafelin.com or emailing jafelin@jafelin.com.
Bibliografia de Jafelin en Español