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Essential Guide To Flamenco: Dancing, Singing And Playing

Flamenco dancing is, still today, the most famous Spanish dance. It’s usually very passionate, loud and sensual. From generation to generation, the legacy of flamenco dancing is gotten across, whether it is to conserve it or for it to evolve. But apart from dancing, flamenco is also known for other expression forms: singing and guitar playing.

Andalucía, the southern part of Spain which is flamenco‘s home, has a strong musical tradition documented from ancient times and flamenco certainly takes part into that heritage. Throughout the […]

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The Importance Of Flamenco Guitar Music, An Art On Its Own

Initially, flamenco guitar music was just used as part of the rhythm given to the cantaor and the bailaor. Both were the main characters of the performance and the music was secondary.

However, as the cafés cantantes became more and more popular during the 19th century, flamenco guitarists started to be considered indispensable. As time went by and artists’ professionalism rose, guitarists performed solo as well, proving to the audience that musicians could also be virtuosos in the flamenco world.

Flamenco Styles: The Palos

The diversity of flamenco styles is absolutely phenomenal. Every style is called palo and represents a different traditional flamenco variety. To give you an idea of how wide flamenco can be, there are more than 50 palos which, in turn, can have many variations!

Usually, palos have a regional origin within Andalucía, the area in which flamenco was born. It is said that flamenco was initially performed in cafés cantantes, mainly in Seville, Jerez and Cádiz. From there, flamenco art became so […]

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