Flamenco music has it’s origins in ancient Andalucian history, possibly well before the Moorish settlements, and is believed by many experts to be a complex amalgam of Iberian, Arabic, Shepherdic, and Gitano musical styles that really matured after the reconquest of 1492, and then over the next few centuries. Over the last millenium Flamenco has spread to the rest of Spain and the former Spanish colonies in Central and South America.
No trip to Ronda would be complete without hearing at least a small amount of Flamenco guitar. But to visit one of Celias concerts is an absolute treat. She is one of the most talented flamenco guitarist I have ever heard and she can be seen playing at Calle Calvo Asensio, 8. (RONDA) at 6pm and 7.30pm most nights. The concerts last for 1 hour.
At 15 euros per person, the entrance fee is amazingly cheap to see this wonderful composer and musician. You can go to her website and hear some of her work as the music starts to load as you open the home page. Check out the below video to see here in action. Truly talented.
“Flamenco”—the word calls up an image of a slender dancer in an elaborate, ruffled costume with her fringed shawl and her castanets. Certainly, this stereotype has been perpetuated in everything from airline posters to dolls made for souvenirs. To some, this is flamenco for tourists, as they embrace the cante jondo, the deep song of agonizing lament sung by a man, a cantaora, without accompaniment, or with a single guitar. This, they claim, is authentic flamenco, the blues of Andalucía, improvised in jam sessions called juergas, sung because it must be sung, not because someone is listening or watching.
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Whilst you are walking from the new bridge towards the bullring past the parador with the gorge on your left you will most probably hear the beautiful soft melodies of Lucho and Leticia on the breeze.
Lucho, who is originally from South America, gives a wonderful solo on pan flute, and singing, and is a good partner to Leticia’s voice and harp with his flutes, guitars, and authentic Andean instruments for creating the sound of waves or insects creaking.
Leticia on the other hand plays harp, sings, and whistles, the whistle being quite amazing, at times sounding exactly like Amazonian birds. Her voice is clear, and carries far across the terraces.
Stay for a while, listen and soak up the atmosphere.
You can find more of their music on youtube.
If you are planning a trip to Ronda you should really think about paying a visit to the Entrelenguas language school. Well, it’s much more than a language school as they can offer you guided tours of Ronda, visits to vineyards, cooking courses, food tasting and tapas tours amongst many other activities. have a look at their website http://entrelenguas.es/
They also have a lot of events planned for this year and you can stay up to date with what’s going on here… http://entrelenguas.es/culture-ronda/culture-ronda-events/
Located a hundred meters or so up the street from the Almocabar archway gate… Why not call in for a cup of coffee with these friendly people and get them to show you some corners of Ronda that you would never find on your own!