A musical tour of Europe to celebrate the UEFA EURO 2020.
This week we are going to head to Spain to listen to the traditional music of 'Flamenco'.
The music and dance of the Roma people of the Andalusia region of southern Spain is known as flamenco. Its roots are in Romany, Andalusian, Arabic, and possibly Spanish Jewish folk song The first record of the word ‘flamenco’ was in the 18th century (300 years ago) but the style of music may go back as for as the 14th century (700 years ago).
Flamenco has acoustic guitar music, singing, hand claps, heel stamps and castanets. The dance has no set tempo (speed) and may have fast and slow sections. One piece here is played by Sabicas (proper name: Agustín Castellón Campos) (16 March 1912 – 14 April 1990) who was a Spanish flamenco guitarist of Romani origin. He was described by some as the greatest flamenco guitarist in the world, and he once said that he had never played the same piece twice, spontaneously making new music every time he picked up the guitar.