Flamenco is one of the great musical forms of Europe and is undoubtedly the most important musical-cultural phenomenon in Spain, and its huge resurgence in popularity has seen its profile reaching out far beyond its Andalucian homeland. The Rough Guide to Flamenco is your first step to exploring this flourishing style of music.
The Rough Guide opens with one of flamenco’s greatest voices Enrique Morente featuring innovative arrangements of modern and classic lyrics and continues with Rafael Riqueni, an astonishing guitar player breaking new ground with classical influences.
Nuevo (new) flamenco is highlighted throughout and includes tracks by two legendary bands; Ketama (here with the exceptional Malian kora-player Toumani Diabate as Songhai) on the track Pozo del Deseo and Pata Negra with Bodas De Sangre - an intoxicating mix of flamenco, rock and blues. Other nuevo flemenco tracks include Carles Benavent supported by flamenco’s greatest living guitarist Paco De Lucia, Paco De Lucia’s sax and flute player Jorge Pardo, and the spell-binding guitar work of Tomatito with vocals by the legendary Cameron.
Flamenco’s cantaora’s (female singers) are showcased by a voice and percussion only track by Tomasa la Mancanita and the more classical work of Spain’s greatest living female flamenco singer Carmen Linares. Many great cantaors (male singers) are contrasted from the intense, expressive style of Chano Lo Bato who celebrates his 70th birthday this year to the youthful passion of Miguel Poveda. Throughout the release there are examples of many of the different flamenco styles and rhythms including Solea, Tango, Malaguena and Buleria amongst others.
The Rough Guide To Flamenco concludes with a unique trio of pieces; the searching solo guitar of Pepe Habichuela, the textured flamenco fusion of Diego Carrasco and the forceful and empassioned cante (voice) of El Barullo.