THE ORIGINS OF FLAMENCO

THE ROOTS OF FLAMENCO

 

Flamenco is a very old art that finds its cradle in Andalucia, on the banks of the Guadalquivir. On the banks of this river is where the oldest Iberian civilization is located, that of the Tartesos, who enjoyed a great culture, and were very fond of music and dance, although today we don´t know what their music or dance were like.

 

In flamenco, we find numerous influences from very different cultures, as the most diverse civilizations and cultures passed through this land. Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Jews, Muslims, Goths and Gypsies have settled in this land for centuries. These influences have surely permeated the music and dance of Andalucia. The first reviews of castanets and positions of arms and feet like those of the current flamenco we have of the Roman period, of some dancers of the city of
Gades, current Cadiz, founded by the Phoenicians.

 

Although its origins date back to the 18th century, flamenco has its roots in previous times, as we have already mentioned, including dance and musical elements from other previous cultures and whose mixing gave rise to the emergence of this Andalusian art.

 

If there is a culture that is directly associated with flamenco, it is the gypsy culture, perhaps because it has contributed the most to the development of this art, although it has not been the only one, since it even gathers African and Caribbean influences, in addition to the Arabs, Jews and Christians we have mentioned above.

 

The flamenco, during its long history has been permeable to the most varied influences and is as pure as mestizo. Flamenco is born from the people themselves, it has an obvious and eminently folkloric root, it is an undisputed art. It is known for his great emotional intensity, for the extravagance of feelings that artists imprint on performances. And it is that if there is something that characterizes flamenco it is its power to transmit feelings, since in its origin the first “flamencos” used this art to express the emotional experiences.

 

Flamenco is one of the most popular artistic expressions in our country. They are alegrías, soleás, seguidillas and so many other sticks that serve as an expression for many people of this earth. It is a music that makes you feel your own and others when you start the guitar, the singing sounds like “quejío”, a deep feeling, accompanied by taconeo, palms and castanets, forming harmony and magic until the angel appears, the leprechaun. Owning the moment. Flamenco lyrics are full of pain, joy, passion, anguish, love or heartbreak, among other feelings. Feelings that are also reflected even in the name that some of these sticks have, such as soleá or alegrías. Flamenco is part of us, it is our folklore, our culture, our essence. Its are our roots

 

Flamenco was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.