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Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Flamenco

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Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Flamenco

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Flamenco

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Flamenco

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Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente. Diario FemeninoSp/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente.

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Playlist

  • Camarón De La Isla feat. Paco De Lucía, "Como El Aqua"
  • Estrella Morente, "Como La Corriente"

Judy Cantor-Navas, managing editor of Billboard En Español, joins Latin Roots to discuss the mysterious world of flamenco music. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where the style originated; though known for its close ties to Spain, it's suggested that the roots of flamenco actually begin in India. Whatever its origins may be, however, it's a style dominated by strong performers.

Singer Cameron de la Isla revitalized the genre 20 years ago; Cantor-Navas even describes him as flamenco's Bob Marley. With accompaniment by guitarist Paco de Lucia, his song "Como El Agua" is a perfect example of the classic Spanish sound. Though flamenco has evolved since, it continues to flourish in new forms. Spanish singer Estrella Morente brings a rock element to the genre in her song "Como La Corriente."

Cantor-Navas suggests listeners take a deeper dive into flamenco, and recommends taking the time to listen to older and newer forms alike.

Listen to Judy Cantor-Navas' flamenco playlist on Rdio.


Latin Roots is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.

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