Tomás Pérez

Tomás Pérez is considered one of the Carnival's best lyricists and many people speak of him as the father of Gran Canaria's Murga style. As well as being the founder and director of the Afilarmónica Los Nietos De Kika, from Arucas, he set a style and his good work encouraged the creation of Murgas in many of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria quarters, with his lyrics packed with irony, criticism and pasodobles.

He died on 29 February 1996, shortly after the Carnival "sardine's burial" (final act on Ash Wednesday) for that year. Since then, the Carnival awards the Tomás Pérez Prize for Best Lyrics during the Murga contest in memory of this great Murga artist.