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El cante flamenco - the flamenco song can be divided roughly into the "hondo" styles known as deep song and the lighter "chico" styles. Some writers refer also to the "cante grande" somewhere inbetween.

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Styles of flamenco song are called "palos", like solea or bulerias.

 

The flamenco triangle is Jerez, Cadiz, Seville. This area has spawned the more rhythmic "palos" in flamenco. It also contains the largest concentration of flamenco gypsies in Andalusia.

 

Puerto Lucero Sanlucar

 
 

The song is said to be the source of all flamenco inspiration.

To understand this you will need to immerse yourself in the art of the song, something that may be unpalatable at first to the non-Spaniard. The breathing techniques and the contortion of sounds squeezed through the throat make it appear alien to the western ear. Just persevere.

flamencoSingerJuan
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Did you know......?
that the jabegote is a flamenco song form from Málaga, essentially a fandango abandolao whose theme refers almost exclusively to the experiences of the fishermen.


Flamenco clubs

(some listings of interest)

 

Peña Flamenca La Zua Jerez
Peña Flamenca La Solea Nerja
Peña Flamenca de Estepona
Peña Cultural de San Fernando
Tertulia Flamenca "Aires de la Sierra" Prado del Rey

Flamenco prizes parts1,2,3,4 The golden key award for flamenco song - la llave de oro
Malaga Flamenco Malagueñas, Verdiales, Málaga Flamenco: an short analysis of flamenco forms in Malaga province
Puerto Lucero Sanlucar from the coast: the typical Alegrias is Mirabras from Sanlucar
Zambombas xmas songs Flamenco Christmas songs typical of Jerez
Sanlucar singing competition regional level Yearly song and dance competition, with links to others
Cordoba flamenco competition national level Browse the competition conditions for year 2001 - finals 12th May in the Gran Teatro de Cordoba
Vejer competition non-professional level Aficionados (enthusiasts) singing competition
Jerez flamenco updates on the festival
Domingo Rosado singing teacher Learn to sing in Andalusia

An introduction to some singers of interest:

 

Estrella Morente

 

 

Estrella Morente

from Granada, the daughter of singer Enrique Morente


Chano Lobato

 

one of the most popular singers from Cadiz with a cheeky style...


Rocio Bazan

 

a young singer from a fishing village Estepona, Malaga


Maria Angeles Cuevas

 

 

 

young Sanlucar singer maria angeles cuevas


The Jerez School

 

Jerez de la Frontera is said to be the cradle of flamenco song. Certainly many famous singers were born in Jerez (or influenced by Jerez), given its relatively small population (around 200,000), also with a strong flamenco gypsy community. The two major flamenco districts are Santiago and San Miguel.

 

Antonio Agujetas

 

Jerezano gypsy singer


Gonzalo de Jerez

 

pure cante singer from Jerez Gonzalo de Jerez


Jaime Villar

 

young singer from Jerez


 

el Salmonete

and sister Elu de Jerez

 

 

Jerezano singers:

salmonete elu de jerez


Luis de la Chica

 

pure cante singer from Jerez


   

José Mercé

 

commercially successful Jerezano singer jose merce 2005


The Old School

Singers who have shaped flamenco song in the past (to name just a few...)

Pastora Pavón

"La Niña de los Peines"

another legend


Manuel Soto Sordera

 

 

 

 

Born into the cradle of flamenco song in the Santiago district of Jerez de la Frontera. Most of his seven children are now well established singers.


Camaron de la Isla

 

gypsy from San Fernando, the legend in his own time Camaron de la Isla


   
   
   


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