II Expoboda wedding exhibition in Sabinillas Tuesday 8 December

The second edition of the successful wedding exhibition, Expoboda, will be held in the exhibition hall at the Sabinillas Sports Centre, on Tuesday 8 December from 12 noon until 9 pm.

Along with a wide variety of wedding and event related exhibitors, there will a number of fashion parades featuring the latest bridalwear, makeup techniques and hairstyles.

Entry is free.

Wedding Exhibition

Queen of Magic, tribute band at Duquesa Golf

Enjoy and evening of music and dining at the Duquesa Golf & Country Club on Monday, 21 December featuring Queen tribute band, Queen of Magic.

Tickets are just 25€ per person which includes welcome glass of cava, concert and 3-course dinner.

The evening starts at 8 pm with the music at 9 pm.

Tickets are available from The Bookshop in Sabinillas or from tickets@livemusicspain.com

Queen of Magic

Daniel Casares presents his latest album

Estepona flamenco guitarrist Daniel Casares presents his new album and new show Picassares at Estepona’s Auditorio Felipe VI on Saturday 19 December from 8.30 pm. This latest album, drawing on the landscapes of Estepona, has been  more than a year in production and sees a return to the flamenco essence.

Featuring collaborations with Dulce Pontes, Antonio Martinez Ares, and Miguel Poveda with a version of “I’d love” by Luis Eduardo Aute. There are also collaborations with  Lulo Perez (producer of several Alejandro Sanz album), Israeli bassist Adam Ben Ezra and Rubio de Pruna, singer who accompanied him on his last tour.

In this show, Daniel, through his guitar, gives his personal interpretation of scenes from the life of the painter Picasso, from his birth with “Malaga” or death, with the song “Paris” as well as figures or movements of his work such as “The Minotaur” in Picassares represented with a fandango, and Cubism, through bulerías.

In short, Picassares offers 75 minute show, which through the flamenco guitar will pay tribute to the unique artist that was Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

Tickets start at 14€ and are available from www.malagaentradas.com


The Electric Alley at Louie Louie’s

Spanish hard rockers The Electric Alley will be performing at Louie Louie’s, Estepona Port this Saturday, 28 November, from 11.30 pm

The Electric Alley is a Hard Rock band formed in Cádiz in 2012. The band started out writing songs and playing local gigs in their hometown. Due to great demand, and positive reviews in the local press, they decided to record their first album. A remarkable achievement in 2014 for the band was to lend their track “No Control” as title music to MOVISTAR TV for the Formula 1 TV show.

Their latest album ‘Get Electrified!’ is the crowning achievement of a long 2015, packed with work. With this LP The Electric Alley aspire to reach as wide an audience as possible, and have contracted with SSM Music, and independent Danish booking agency with whom they have prepared their first European tour which will take them to 10 different countries this year.

Rock is more alive than ever when Get Electrified is playing. A compilation of 10 tracks which evoke the energy and passion that every fan of the genre looks for when they push “play”. The album is influenced by groups from Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes to comtemporary acts such as Rival Sons, Blackberry Smoke and Mr. Big.
Tickets are just 5€.

The Electric Alley

Cudeca Festival for Life at the Castle, Duquesa

Cudeca Festival for Life

On Saturday 26th September, ‘The Festival for Life’ event will take place in three different venues all starting at 5 pm until late in aid of Cudeca Hospice.

Some of the acts will perform at all three venues, the Duquesa Castle in Manilva, the Nutty Bar in Marbella and CJ’s Karaoke bar in Bonanza Square, Benalmadena.

The musicians/singers are all donating their performances to Cudeca for the evening and they are some of the accomplished on the coast and the UK. The entrance fee is only 5 euros which includes a finger buffet in all three venues as well as a charity raffle. A VIP table is 25 euros and all proceeds go to Cudeca Hospice.

The line-up for the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa, compered by Dave ‘Sinatra’ Parker, includes: The Universal “Unplugged”, Hannah Hawksure , Ms King, Jordana, Just Jake, Vicky Jaye, Laura Jackson, Chloe Caron, Luke B, and the Sabi Allstars Band.

Tickets available from:
Heaven Bar & Lounge – 952 892 084 (or) 654 385 544 (or) 616 858 322 on Facebook, Twitter or email festival@heavenduquesa.com
Also available from the Sabinillas Bookshop 952 89 15 45

Manilva Foreign Residents presentation of 2015-16 programme of events

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department, headed by Councillor Dean Shelton, have organised a presentation of the programme of events and activities for the coming 12 months on Friday 25 September, from 7 pm in the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa.

As well as the presentation there will be entertainment by Eva Cabrera and her flamenco dancers and Daniela Caballero.

There will also be refreshments and paella served to all those in attendance.

Foreign Residents presentation 2014 2015


Obituary – Christine ‘Tina’ Davin­Smith

born Llywnypia, Wales 1949, died Arroyo de la Miel, Malaga, Spain 2015

It is with great sadness that we inform everyone about the untimely death of Tina Davin­Smith, a well known, and much loved face around the Manilva­Casares costa. Diagnosed with cancer in January this year, Tina had to give up her job at The Bookshop, Sabinillas, where she had loved working for the last 10 years. Tina lived and breathed books, and like most of us, came with her own fascinating story.


Born Christine Mathias in Llwynypia, Wales in 1949, she grew up one of five brothers and sisters. Her mother, who still lives in Wales, frequently rented rooms to the many visiting actors, orators and political activists who visited the valleys and coal fields during the time. She told once of a time, where as a very young girl, she sat on Paul Robeson’s knee at the family table, eating bread and jam, and being mesmerised by this ‘enchanting, deep voiced, fiery black man’.

It no doubt set Tina out on her discovery of all things to do with theatre, drama, literature and the arts.

The family eventually moved to Cardiff, where her parents ran several pubs ­ something that she would emulate with her husband, John, later on in Spain. It was in Cardiff that her rebellious nature developed, and although she did well at school, and was training to be a teacher at Cyncoed Teacher Training College (fellow students included Gareth Edwards, JJ Williams and Lynn Davies) a brighter life beckoned and as soon as she was able to she ran away to Tenby in West Wales, to join the growing number of ‘hippies’ and young people who were escaping the ‘rat race’ so defined by Derek Tangye’s ‘Minack’. It was the summer of love, and she did exactly that and fell in love.

She married John in 1968, and they had just one son, Justin, a year later. Tenby was a beautiful place to bring up a family, and the next few years were very happy. However, the pull of her family in Cardiff was strong, and increasing tension between her and John, saw her return to Cardiff. With a new sense of freedom she took a job in the Welsh Office, where she met her good friend, the poet Sheenagh Pugh. Encouraged to write herself she joined writing and drama groups, and became involved in left­wing and feminist politics. She also discovered her talent for cartoons, and created very funny (and very rude) cartoons for the local paper.

Eventually, she and John got back together when he took a job as a catering manager in Cardiff. Lessons learned they decided to give it another go and stayed together until John’s death in 2004. With a newfound sense of purpose and empowerment she enrolled at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and once again set out on becoming a teacher, but this time of Drama. It was not to be. Her first teaching practice placement was a disaster “Get that chair of your head!” “But, I’m a Dalek, miss!” “Get that [deleted expletive] chair off your [deleted expletive] head!” They didn’t invite her back. She instead joined Chapter Arts, and was an active member of the theatre company, Moving Being, as well as being prominent within the local arts scene in Cardiff.

She and John had rekindled their love for each other and had a good life in Cardiff for a great many years. Justin eventually left home and started art school, and they decided to ‘give it a go’ in another part of the world. In 1988 John found a job in Gibraltar, and Tina soon followed him to set up a life in Spain. They are probably best known for opening and running ‘The Penguin’ in Puerto Duquesa. If you remember those times, then you were never really there. The curried meatballs were famous for miles around.

John passed away suddenly after a very short illness in 2004. Tina was bereft. She never fully recovered her loss of her life partner and soulmate. She could have retreated and given up, but she forged herself a new life, and surrounded herself with the things she truly loved, books. She worked with Alma in the bookshop in Sabinillas, until it was bought by Stephen Davies in 2011.

He immediately realised what an asset Tina was for the shop, and kept her on as ‘chief librarian’. She was very happy in this role, and at home she immersed herself in books. She once said that she had three loves in her life ­ books, her son and her daughter­in­law, Sonia ­ not necessarily in that order. She also learned Spanish, was a translator, and volunteered at the Costa del Sol hospital.

It was a terrible shock in January this year to discover that she had lung cancer. She immediately blamed ‘all those smokey, dark jazz clubs in the 70s’. She passed away on 14th August, 2015 in the Cudeca hospice in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena.

The family would like to thank all her friends, colleagues and the community at large for giving her such support and friendship throughout the years.

Her funeral took place in Manilva Crematorium at midday on the 19th August, 2015.

Estepona hosts II World Ham Contest

Estepona’s Paseo Maritimo will once again be the centre of the world of ham from 12 to 16 August when the II World ‘Jamon’ Contest returns to the town, giving visitors the opportunity to taste the best Jamon and Iberian pork products.

Thousand visitors daily are expected to visit the 69 businesses exhibiting over the five-day event, up from last year’s 55, and which also provides an opportunity for local shops, bars, and restaurants to obtain some of the best products at wholesale prices.

The event also gives the public a chance to sample the best products from across the country at just 5 euros a plate which is organised by the Town Hall in collaboration with professional ham cutter José María Téllez ‘Popi’.

The event will be located on the town’s promenade between Avenida Juan Carlos I and the Port and will be open from 8 pm to 2 am each day.

Jamon certamen Estepona

Casares Espileta Sound Festival 2015

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This year’s Casares Espileta Sound Festival celebrates its third edition with the final selection of bands fighting it out on the Friday and Saturday, 14 and 15 August.

Along with guest performers, the final ten bands which have been selected from the hundreds of demos submitted are:

Friday, 14 August
10.30 pm – Rockids
11 pm – Skill Leaders
Midnight – Celda
1 am – Canteca de Macao
3 am – La Ganga Calé
4 am – Error 6

Saturday, 15 August
11 pm – Musselman
Midnight – Flaming Dolls
1 am – Papawanda
2 am – Jambalayaband
3 am – Noiah
4 am – Futu Matano

They will each perform a set after which the winner will be announced.

Casares Espileta Sound Festival 2015