Flamenco - The Essence Of Spanish Culture

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What is flamenco?

Flamenco - The Essence Of Spanish Culture

Flamenco is a key aspect of Spanish culture. Although it is just one of many musical and dance forms within Spanish culture, it has become the form most associated with Spain. Flamenco originated among the Gitanos (Gypsies) of Spain around the time of the Spanish Inquisition. It consists of three elements: music (cante), dance (baile) and guitar (toque). It is a structured yet improvised form, led by the flamenco singer, who is accompanied by the guitarist and dancer. Flamenco is sometimes accompanied by foot stamping and hand clapping. Flamenco originated in Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain, but migrated with the Gitanos to Seville and Andalucía. Flamenco is now an integral part of Spanish culture and is popular around the world. An annual flamenco festival is held in Jerez.

   

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