“I don’t let my children’s children call me grandfather”

That Raphael is a scenic animal is a phrase that does not take anyone by surprise, but if we also add that he is a man who looks so little back that he manages to warp his time so that he always wonders about the future -at his 77 years- we must add the cliché that it is someone worthy of admiration.

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The singer from Linares has granted an interview to Toñi Moreno for his section in the magazine Readings in which, on the occasion of the celebration of its 60 years in the world of music with the album of duets Raphael 6.0(where he shares his vocal cords with those of Pablo Alborán, Vanesa Martín, Natalia Lafourcade, Manuel Carrasco or Luis Fonsi), he manages not to review his career at any time.

While the Catalan presenter admits to being “a bundle of nerves with legs” despite not being the first interview he does (“I’ve even been at his house having dinner with his children and his wife and I have verified that he is a ‘normal’ being, yes, but it is about … Raphael You understand me, right? Tell me the name of another living myth “, he writes), Raphael is calm as when he urged the population to maintain a safe distance, which” is not so difficult “.

Moreno says that Raphael, whenever he gets off a stage, be it “Madison Square Garden in New York or at the Olympia in Paris”, He asks himself the same question: “Now what?” And the artist is not afraid to answer the reason: “I don’t linger too long on hits, I’m always thinking about tomorrow.”

That way of always looking ahead (he does not linger “for a minute on what he did” and focuses “on what remains,” according to Moreno) is what ends up making him have his own mental hierarchy, refusing to call grandchildren what he translates as “the children of my children” and those who do not let them call him “grandfather.”

Maybe it has something to do with how he and Natalia Figueroa, whom he married in 1972 and they are on the way to the Golden Wedding, they raised their three children: Jacobo, Alejandra and Manuel, with promises that in the end are fulfilled. This is how, for example, the song entered the last album I will resist.

“I promised him that one day I would record it, he deserved it”, says Raphael about which it has become a kind of anthem during confinement by Covid-19, a disease that he admits to having “fear” for being risky, although, he explains, “not so much for me as for people that surrounds me”.

Because, if it is not clear, the singer of hits like Scandal or Ballad of the trumpet, knows that one day everything will come. Something had to do with the fact that in 2003 he underwent a liver transplant, returning in September of that same year at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, where he made his debut in 1965: “Since my transplant I have been taking care of myself a lot. My body is younger than ever and I feel like my voice is 18 years old, that I can control it. “

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