Spanish and Flamenco: Learn Spanish in the rhythm of guitar and Gypsy singing

6 Aug 2014

flamencoFLAMENCO is a genuine Spanish art, and to be more exact a genuine Andalusian art. It includes cante(singing), toque(guitar playing), baile(dance) and palmas(handclaps). Flamenco dance, Baile, is a highly-expressive, solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements.

Flamenco is often associated with the Romani people of Spain (Gitanos) and a number of famous flamenco artists are of this ethnicity. But also the popular songs and dances of Andalusia as well as other cultures (especially Moorish and Jewish) have influenced early Flamenco considerably.

spanish and flamenco in spainIbérica Languages offers a unique experience: learning Spanish and at the same time participating in Flamenco course in Spain. Flamenco lessons are held in the afternoons and are complementary to the Spanish course. Classes are designed both for total beginners, as well as for those who already have some experience in this type of dance.

And now a few words about the history and origin of this enchanting art. The etymology of the word “flamenco” is not sure. There are theories about the origin from the Latin word “flamma” meaning fire and others, according to which flamenco has been brought to Spain in the sixteenth century during the reign of Charles V by the gypsies coming from Flanders, therefore, it derives from the word “Flanders”.

Origins of Flamenco dance are to be found in the poor man’s life of ancient times. Because he did not have any musical instruments, the singing was accompanied with simple artistic means such as tapping heels, snapping fingers, clapping, etc.

We can assume that the first flamenco rhythms were born on the basis of religious and popular songs, cries of street traders and their serenades. All these feelings and emotions, hopes and disappointments systematically took the form of a clear rhythm and formed the basis for further creation. Flamenco songs were systematically enriched by choreography.

Flamenco gained wide popularity in the late 60s. One of the most important figures among the performers of modern flamenco is Camarón de la Isla, deceased in 1992. He was accompanied by an outstanding guitarist Paco de Lucía deceased in February 2014.

paco-de-Lucia-620x330Currently, the influence of flamenco on other genres is more and more visible. This has resulted in the creation of such music hybrids as flamenco chill or flamenco lounge. Artists like, among others, Almasäla, Sotomayor brothers, Freddy Marquez or Chambao draw inspiration from electronic music, chill out and by embedding it on the basis of flamenco music.

In 2010 UNESCO declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

 

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