Flamenco in Andalucia

Spain has given many wondrous things to the world, including Andres Iniesta and Paella and just another Spanish export is the Flamenco. A soul-stirring dance that makes you want to throw off your shoes and get into the throes of dance, Flamenco is the beating, vibrant heart of Spanish culture, present in the soundtrack of life of every Spaniard. The passion of its live performance is met by its underlying melancholy and the dichotomy only serves to touch the hearts chords. Learning Flamenco is almost as if you’ve been initiated to a covert club few know of, a hybrid of the taciturn and the voluptuously outgoing.

Flamenco in Andalucia

The moment known as duende (and you will know it, for your spine will be set tingling at that precise moment) is pixie like in its elfin charm and yet so rabidly feral as to draw out wildly differing emotions in some people. Some feel their hair stand on end, others cry silently in acquiescence and yet others burst into smile even without knowing it. It is a hard to describe piece of emotiveness that makes the Flamenco the vox populi of an outstanding culture. No one can really tell you of Flamenco’s origins, and some unwind tales so fantastic as to make it seem like the coming of the gods. Some say the gitanos of Roma married the music to classic medieval tunes from Andlucia, while others make mention of the Byzantine Empire, but no one knows of its origins for sure.

But it is not as if it matters. Andalucia is considered the cradle of modern Flamenco and the cradle still rocks today, and how! Sevilla is still Flamenco Central for lovers of the art form that still today make the pilgrimage to experience Flamenco at its purest. Early Flamenco was almost tortured and plaintive, a furtive plea from a marginalized diaspora and a certain Jondura (depth) is still the soul of the art form. This was typified most by Manuel Torre, whose singing drove people into a state of frenzy, tossing tables upwards and ripping off shirts (their own, thankfully). The best of Flamenco evokes certain pathos and desperation that makes you weep for unknown reasons, and the finest proponents would have it no other way.

It took Paco de Lucia to bring the guitar into the forefront with his dazzling virtuosity and what was a supporting act suddenly ripped through the fabric of the public consciousness, and never was Flamenco the same again. For many, he epitomizes duende in an age where Flamenco is more loved than ever by Spaniards and foreigners alike. But it is not as much the broadening of the horizons as much as the embracing of jazz, rock and other genres that has given Flamenco a new lease of life. Experiencing the Flameco is to experience life, and none should pass this up in their lifetime.

Paco de Lucia

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  1. Rosalie says:

    I have seen then flamenco show in Barcelona…it is such beautiful form of art..well i wouldn’t doubt if people trace its origin back to god. the artists are beautifully dressed and their movements are so graceful it seems as in they are gliding on the floor.. the choreography and the execution is just perfect..

  2. kim says:

    The flamenco shows are so grand the stages, the artists, the dance…once the show starts you are taken into another world…i m sure when there is a show in the heaven they could definitely do with some tips from the flamenco show..

  3. Christine says:

    I have never seen the show live..but have seen few clips on you tube..i love the music of flamenco..it creates perfect atmosphere ..the catchy tunes accompanied with melodious voice of the singers would give you a taste of Spanish gypsy..so for the fans of global music, flamenco music worth listening..it may just strike you ear cords…

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