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What flamenco is NOT

There is a place for New Flamenco
The obvious place you might find this music played is during Latin nights at the local dance clubs. Strictly 4/4 rhythm though. It is rare indeed to find 12 beat compás on New Age/Rumba "flamenco" CDs anyway. However, danceable tracks are just one side of the story. The other face of these New Age "flamenco" CD's is the cruisy, romantic tracks that are inevitably included on each album. It is sad that so many people call this Latin style elevator music flamenco. The real truth is that the word flamenco sounds exotic on a CD cover and it sells. Be that is may, I believe these tracks do have a place in the universe and are sure to get your chakras spinning in the right direction. This stylized 'New Flamenco' is perfect as ambience music in a hairdresser salon, pizza bar or shopping mall. It is also particularly nice on a secluded beach while you gaze out across a sea enjoying a tropical sunset with your lover.

Extract from Ship of Fools by Hieronymous Bosch (1450 - 1516)
Extract from Ship of Fools by Hieronymous Bosch (1450 - 1516)
Is this Old Flamenco?

 

Subjectivity is what it all about
What flamenco is or is not will always remain a matter for debate between music lovers who have no experience with traditional flamenco, and those who know a little more about the subject and are therefore able to see the wider picture.

The role that misinformation plays in the big wide uninformed world is clearly one of perpetuating myths and illusions. Because venue operators are often part of the uninformed public, it seems that any form of Latin dance music will do in a restaurant or dance club situation where "flamenco" is required or expected. There's not a whole lot you can do about the general public's perception of flamenco. We just have to learn to live with it. Boo Hoo. It's OK, I'll get over it.

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