Pau Donés Cirera (11 October 1966 – 9 June 2020) was a Spanish songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist of the Barcelona-based band Jarabe de Palo (also named "Jarabedepalo").

Pau Donés
Pau Donés in 2017
Pau Donés in 2017
Background information
Birth namePau Donés Cirera
Born(1966-10-11)11 October 1966
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died9 June 2020(2020-06-09) (aged 53)
Naut Aran, Catalonia, Spain
GenresRock, pop-rock, flamenco rock
Years active1981–2020


Donés grew up in Barcelona.[1][2] He got his first guitar when he was 12 years old. Alongside his brother Marc, Pau Donés set up his first band: J. & Co. Band, and later on: Dentaduras Postizas.[3] Donés split his schedule between performing concerts locally, working as an advertising agent,[4] and studying economics.[5]

In 1996, Donés formed Jarabe de Palo.[5] Their debut album, La Flaca,[6] became a commercial success in Spain after being featured in a TV advertisement.[7] In 2008, he founded his own record company, Tronco Records.[8]

In 2017, he published the book and double disc 50 palos coinciding with his 50th birthday.[8] The album's release was accompanied by a tour of Spain and the United States.[9] In 2018, he released a live album with the Costa Rican Philharmonic Orchestra, entitled Jarabe Filarmónico.[8] In May 2020, his band released a new album titled Tragas o escupes.[10] It was initially set for release in September 2020.[8]

Personal life and healthEdit

Donés had a daughter named Sara, but was absent for much of her childhood because of his touring commitments.[8]

On 1 September 2015, Donés cancelled all upcoming concerts following an operation for his colorectal cancer.[11]

On 5 April 2016, Donés announced on Twitter that he had recovered from his illness. However, he had a relapse a year later.[12] He died from cancer on 9 June 2020, aged 53.[13]



  • 2003 - ¿Grandes éxitos?
  • 2004 - Colección "Grandes"
  • 2005 - Completo, incompleto
  • 2006 - Edición 10º aniversario "La Flaca"


  1. ^ Biografía de jarabe de Jarabe de Palo, en
  2. ^ «"En España no vivimos la música en las tripas"», en El País, [...] Jarabe de Palo, la banda encabezada por el barcelonés Pau Donés.
  3. ^ Arevalo, Andrés. "Jarabe de PaloTodo empezó con una flaca, pero no se paró ahí". La Fonoteca (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ Gon, Manu (9 July 2015). "Pau Donés, líder de Jarabe de Palo:"Vivimos un momento mediocre dominado por la música de baile de dudosa calidad"". Última Hora (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2017.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e "Muere Pau Donés, cantante de la banda Jarabe de Palo". BBC News Mundo (in Spanish). 9 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ Artist Biography by John Bush,
  7. ^ Howell Llewellyn (27 December 1997). "Spanish Ad Propels Virgin's Late-Blooming La Flaca". Billboard. p. 17. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Muere Pau Donés, el popular líder de Jarabe de Palo, a los 53 años tras una heroica lucha contra el cáncer". ABC (in Spanish). 9 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  9. ^ Jarabe de Palo brilla en LOS40 Básico Opel Corsa in (in Spanish); accessed 10 June 2020.
  10. ^ Jarabe de Palo presenta "al niño", su nuevo disco "Tragas o Escupes" in (in Spanish); accessed 10 June 2020.
  11. ^ «Pau Donés: "En la vida hay que ser valiente. Hoy estás y mañana, no"», en El Periódico
  12. ^ "Pau Donés sufre una recaída de su cáncer: "Pase lo que pase, Jarabe de Palo vuelve"". El País. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  13. ^ Muere Pau Donés, líder de Jarabe de Palo, a los 53 años in (in Spanish)
  14. ^ ""La Flaca" y otras 5 canciones para recordar al vocalista de Jarabe de Palo". BBC News Mundo (in Spanish). 9 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Pau Donés publica por sorpresa su nuevo disco, "Tragas o escupes"". ABC (in Spanish). 29 May 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.

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