Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The origins of Flamenco in Andalusia

February 26, 2021
The origins of Flamenco in Andalusia

The origin of flamenco in Andalusia is not entirely clear, but the idyll that this art form maintains with this land is clear, an idyll that goes back a long way. Some say that flamenco comes from Islamic monochord songs, while others attribute the introduction of this genre to the gitanos in Andalusia lands.

Flamenco has become a reference point for Andalusian folklore, creating styles that have survived to the present day. Little by little, this art was attracting attention and gaining fame, to the point that the dancing and singing was transferred from the private celebrations of the gitanos to the well-known ‘cafés cantantes’, places where they performed live, thus making flamenco popular and turning it into a musical genre.

Within the Andalusian community, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera and Granada are key to the origin of flamenco. These cities are considered to be the cradles of Andalusian flamenco and have been and continue to be a reference point in Spain and abroad.

Proof of this is the large number of flamenco artists from Seville, Jerez and Granada who have performed and continue to perform their talent on stages all over the world. Another demonstration of the link that Seville, Jerez de la Frontera and Granada have with this art form is the number of ‘tablaos’ or flamenco clubs they have, spaces that safeguard the flamenco spirit of this land.