What is flamenco?
Flamenco is one of the most important art expressions on Spanish culture.
It's a unique musical language; its inherent ability to pass emotions
converts flamenco to a unique and universal art form, which is
appreciated all around the world.
Improvised flamenco songs of ancient Andalusian origin are called cante
hondo (deep song), and are characterized by a reduced tonal ambiance, a
lack of rhythm, baroque ornamentation and repetition of notes. Cante
hondo is sung by a single singer (cantaor).
Flamenco is one of the great European nonacademic musical genres.
More than simply a type of folk music, flamenco embodies a complex
musical and cultural tradition. Although considered part of the culture of
Spain in general, flamenco actually originates from one
region--Andalusia. Other areas, mainly Extremadura and Murcia, have,
however, also contributed to the development of several flamenco
musical forms. A great questions remaining about the roots of flamenco,
but it is generally acknowledged that flamenco grew out of the unique
interplay of native, Andalusian, Islamic, Sephardic, and Gypsy cultures
that existed in Andalusia prior to and after the Reconquest. Latin
American and especially Cuban influences have also been important to
shape several flamenco musical forms.