Flamenco is still immensely popular here in Spain, even amongst the youth culture. It can be found everywhere. There are approximately 30 varieties of flamenco around today. The truest form is the “Duende”. This is considered the ideal flamenco.
It dates back to the 16th century. It was mainly developed by gypsies, who’d sing and dance around their campfires at night, as a form of entertainment. Every song had a deep meaning and would tell a story about a wide range of issues including love, history and politics.
Flamenco is considered to be Spain’s folklore music; a dynamic combination of music, dance and meaningful lyrics. The gypsies say it’s in the blood. The tragic lyrics and tones represent their long suffering past. It’s a taste of true Spain. A huge part of Spanish culture. Learning flamenco is always encouraged from an early age.
There are Spanish fiestas and ferias held all over the country and all throughout the year. Most of these will involve some kind of Flamenco performance. The Spanish women and young girls will also dress up in traditional flamenco costumes. They like to show off their flamboyant and colourful dresses at every chance they get.
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