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Antes de visitar un tablao flamenco en Madrid


For anyone who wants to visit a flamenco tablao in Madrid, is good to know a little more about this musical art so original and unique, before going.

Because we believe that you always enjoy things a bit more, when you knows a little more about them.
Flamenco is a southern Spain folk art, more specifically from the region of Andalusia in Spain. It was born at about half of the 19th century.
It is said that the Flamenco term was used to refer to Gypsies, and then it was applied to their singing.
There are many theories about its meaning. By ej. that due to the picaresque nature of the Andalusian people, they called the gypsies this way, by the color of their complexion, in contrast to the blond people of Flanders.
Another theory says that there is a similarity between the bird called flamenco and the clothing worn by the Gypsy: short jacket and tight pants.
They also say that flamenco originally meant a tinhorn and arrogant person, that´s whay it was applied to gipsies and then to their singing.
Any way, flamenco today is the deepest expression of the gypsy and Andalusian town. And it was originated with the cries and anguish of marginalized and persecuted peoples.

What is the so named Palos in flamenco art?

It is said that we could compare to flamenco with a tree, where the trunk would be the matrix and the different modalities would be the branches, according to every territory, city, town, or neighborhood.


Fandangos: Popular dance performed by a couple. Use of castanets. Live motion.
Fandangos from Huelva: Cantes between naive and malicious.
Big fandangos: family of Fandangos. Song of dance.
Granadinas: style of Malaga, with a clear melodic line, the voice “floreo” serves as a bridge to tonality changes.
Malagueñas: it belongs to the Group of libres.

Medias Granadinas: also of the Libre group.

Rondeña: it comes from Malaga. Composition without compass. The lyrics have to do with country life.

Tarantas: It is a long, virile, harsh song only influenced by the fandango. It is the song of the mine, very expressive.

Verdiales: of country life origin, songs and dance accompanied by a violin, two to four guitars, a tambourine, cymbals, castanets, lute or mandolin.


Madrid tablao flamenco

Bulerías: family of Soleares.

La Caña: is considered the most important flamenco cante. It is very difficult to sing and it needs very exceptional vocal abilities.

Seguirya: tragic, strong, dark song, slow and leisurely. One of the most important styles.

Serranas: from the seguirya family, it was a country song which moved to the city.

Soleares: it is a light party song, cheerful, sensual, native of Cádiz. It incites to the dance. Faster than the Soleá.

Tangos: with copla, it is one of the basic flamenco styles. It has no relationship with the Río de la Plata Tango. There are various modalities such as Cádiz, Triana, Jerez and Málaga. Compass of 4/4.

Tanguillo: performed by the choirs in Carnival.

Tientos: slower than Tango, formerly it was called tango tiento.

Zambra: is a Moorish celebration interpreted in the caves of Sacromonte (Granada), it is composed of three dances: the Alboreá, the Cachucha and the Mosca, symbolizing the three moments of the Gypsy wedding.

The tablao is the platform of tables where these dances and songs take place in the shows and it was formerly the principal place in “cafés cantantes”. These cafés had a large living room decorated with mirrors and bullfighting posters. In these places flamenco was exhibited to large audience for the first time.

There is much more to tell about flamenco art. We leave this small introduction for the time being, so that you soak up with the Andalusian spirit.


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