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One weekend evening, in the small space of a bar in the city center, when the musicians began to play the first notes on the wooden guitar, then the artists playing the bongo, Bonga, etc., joined in, the audience began to play. head tilted, clapping hands to the music. And when the singer started to sing, many audience members couldn't stay still, stand up, and dance. That genre of music is flamenco.


Guitarist Duong Kim Dung, lecturer in classical guitar at the New York city Conservatory of Music, said that flamenco is a folk music art originating from the Gypsy people of Al-Andalus (the land of the Vandals), now is Andalusia (Andalusia), Spain. Five centuries ago, this country was in turmoil. After 700 years of Spanish rule, the Moors (of Arab origin) had to cede power to King Ferdinand, Spain. Inquisitions began to be established to expel and punish the Jews. At the same time, the first gypsies migrated from India to Egypt, and the Arabs also set foot in Andalusia (the region between Seville, Cadiz, and Jerez).


The Musical Length of the Gypsy


After their successes against the Moors, the Spanish rulers launched a crusade to purge the anti-and socially unwelcome Gypsies and Jews. Gypsies have to live homeless, exile, fear, even death. Until the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, even their language (Caló) was illegal. The Gypsy fled the city, taking refuge in the hills or caves. Life in isolation from society has inhibited the Gypsy people, this inhibition is like a cooking motivation for the Gypsy to develop a separate art. Their songs (Gypsy song-Cante Gitano) are one of the two main elements that make up flamenco music.


Accordingly, the original flamenco music expressed the glory and tragedy, the pain of the country and people through the centuries. Flamenco is also one of the symbols of Spanish culture. The three main elements that make up flamenco are the cante (song), baile (dance), and Guitarra (guitar accompaniment). Flamenco songs often share some basic rhythms (about 20 rhythms). Before the first guitar appeared, in Spain, people only played the lute (flute) of the Moors - an instrument that had a lot of influence on the flamenco guitar and classical guitar. Traditional flamenco guitars are made from Spanish cypress wood, which is lighter and smaller than regular guitars.


Traditional flamenco performances include a singer (cantaor or Alcantara), a guitar player and one or two clapping hands, and dancers stomping their heels on the floor while dancing. One of the basic movements of female dancers is holding a red knit skirt with many layers of lining and flipping it over in front of her chest to show off her beauty, sexiness, and charm. When the flamenco dance takes place, it will be the harmony and harmony of the guitar, singing, stomping on heels, and clapping.


The second half of the nineteenth century was the golden age of flamenco performance and the most unique shows are often enjoyed in Café Cantante. Experiencing many ups and downs, today flamenco develops into many genres and is expressed in many different ways. It can be divided into two schools, classical and modern. The modern school blends flamenco with jazz, blues, rock, and pop… The artist says: “Classic flamenco players are often not satisfied with the breaking, change in modern but realistic flamenco, This change makes it easier for listeners to hear and feel.”

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