JosÃ© MarÃa LÃ³pez Sanfeliu (born April 3, 1952) born in Figueres, Girona is a Spanish musician better known by his stage name Kiko Veneno
He was brought up in a military home in Figueres, grew up in CÃ¡diz finally settling down in Seville. He got the nickname Kiko while studying at university. He studied History and philosophy and after graduating, travelled through Europe and the US. During his travels he attended concerts of artists like Frank Zappa, and Bob Dylan which influenced his style. Still, also during these years he rediscovered flamenco. In 1975 he formed the group Veneno with brothers Rafael and Raimundo Amador. In 1977 they produced the eponymous album Veneno produced by Ricardo Pachon. Although not a great hit at the time it is now considered a classic Spanish album.
In 1979 he collaborated with CamarÃ³n de la Isla, the famous gypsy flamenco singer, on the classic album La leyenda del tiempo. In 1982 he published his first solo album SerÃ© MecÃ¡nico por Ti, produced by Jose Luis de Carlos, which had a poor commercial performance. During the 1980s he continued to publish songs but due to lack of commercial success he had to supplement his music working for the council of Seville.
The most successful part of his career started in 1992 when he signed BMG-Ariola and released his albums Ã‰chate un cantecito (1992) and EstÃ¡ muy bien eso del cariÃ±o, both produced by Joe Dworniak. The first album produced several hits like "En Un Mercedes Blanco" and "Joselito". The success of these albums allowed him to devote himself full-time to music.
In 1992, Kiko sponsored the creation of a group that would be called MÃ¡rtires del CompÃ¡s, formed by Chico OcaÃ±a, Raul Rodriguez and Jose Caraoscura. Disagreements between Ocana and Kiko meant that the group split in two: OcaÃ±a took the name of the group and went solo, and Raul Rodriguez and Jose Caraoscura (Kiko in the background) formed Caraoscura. They released an album in 1995 entitled Â¿QuÃ© es lo que quieres de mÃ?.
In 1999 he toured Argentina to give a series of concerts which were a critical success. After three more records Kiko ended his contract with Ariola and decided to produce future music himself.
In September 2005 he released El Hombre Invisible. Ever since, he has mostly collaborated with other musicians, while releasing his own new songs only via digital download.
In 2006 he formed the group G5 along Los DelinqÃ¼entes, Tomasito and Muchachito Bombo Infierno.Make Kiko Veneno Playlist