Flamenco a beguiling mix of guitar song and dance forged by the ancient Andalusia and gypsy. It’s themes of joy and sorrow over an expression of the gypsy way of life and i’ve come to southern Spain to see if it still exists.
We’ll know, if flamenco is still relevant to the gypsies evoking what they call of Duende a mysterious power that everyone feels, but nobody can explain we’ll be traveling deep into the
heart of Andalucia from Malaga to Cadiz to discover how this ancient gypsy art has evolved and what it has to say about Spain today.
Of all world music flamenco is perhaps the most misrepresented for decades we brits have thought of it as a soundtrack to two weeks on the beach but behind the postcard image lies a music full of passion and beauty and you don’t have to look too far to find it.
Our journey starts in the very heart of the Costa del Sol where I’ve come to meet Spain’s biggest flamenco star.
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a team many of us think that flamenco is a Spanish folk music but historically it was only to be found in one province-Andalusia.
under luthier how it became synonymous with Spain has much to do with how the country was sold to some seekers by Western Europe’s most enduring dictator.
The Spain of Frensh romentic imagination was Andalucia. Franco Tomas took the same idea and use it because it was the perfect image for tourism, it was the Franco’s way of openning Spain up the world through a very streotypical image that was very simple very transformable into a tourist postcard image.
I want to find the reality behind flamencos postcard image our next stop is Granad,a but I want to get a sense of flamenco’s ancient roots a meet our first gypsies.
For many centuries Granada’s gypsies lived in caves hewn out of the soft hillsides of the sacrum on tape many of these caves survived and we’re off to one – what – zambra a flamenco dance alleged to be as old as flamenco itself.
There are two ways of gypsy, they’re different in the north and the south. Those in the south like us come with influences of other countries, they come through Turkey, Greece, Iran and come in through the south of Spain.
The gypsies arrived in Andalusia in the 15th century, during the Christian reconquest of Spain. This was the time of Ferdinand and Isabella Catholic Monarchs hell-bent on purging Muslims and Jews and the gypsies were caught up in the Persecution.
There were very strict laws the gypsies were forbiden to speak in their language which was different to Castillian, they didn’t let them wear their dress or get together, they were all under suspicion, the castillian society of the time did not treat gypsies well.
The gypsies were Outsiders in Christian Spain but they were not alone. It is believed that flamenco evolved out of there mixing with other minority cultures.
Well they came Andalucia had plenty of Moorish people Jewish also and then we have also for flora natural folklore, we have a lot of people from Africa, slaves. So, the mix of Seville for example or Cadiz was amazing.
So the flamenco, the gypsies up with all those influences, they make something very concrete very strong.
The Samba dances unique to Grenada it’s timeless filled transports you back to ancient Spain.