Nov 1 2023

David Byrne Presents: Flamenco Every Which Way

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Hola, mi amor Las Migas
MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio) ROSALÍA
Poquito a Poquito Marta Santos
Te Regalo La Agonía Alba Carmona
SUPERPODER María José Llergo
Letra Menúa María Peláe
Sangre La Prenda Roja
Moño Apretao Big Lois
El Amor Hay Que Regarlo Todos Los Días El Canijo de Jerez
Libre Chambao
Ingobernable C. Tangana, Gipsy Kings, Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
Power Putolargo & Pastora Andrades
Es Lo Que Tiene El Suso
Por la Boca Vive el Pez Alba Molina & Rafael Riqueni
El fruto La Prenda Roja
Se Dio Así Muyaio & Tronco
TU ACTITUD Silvia Expósito
Suspiro tierno (La Soleá) Ángeles, Víctor, Gloria & Javier
La Bruja Alba Carmona
Me Llaman Pakuki Pakuki
Cuando Me Llegue La Hora Sevillanas
Tú Me Dejaste De Querer C. Tangana, Niño de Elche & La Húngara
Alegría de coral Alba Molina & Jesus Bola
Rezo El Lebrijano
Currito Ta Ta Ta Kiko Veneno
Alarevolvé (Tangos) Aurora Vargas
De Plata ROSALÍA & The Weeknd
Me Miras Pero No Me Ves María José Llergo
No Sé Si Vivo o Sueño (Remasterizado) Ketama
Poeta de Cai (feat. Diego de Morao) Diego Carrasco
El Talisman Rosana
Feos Kiko Veneno
Esos Ojos Asesinos El Lebrijano
Yukele La Negra
El día que nací yo Maria Rodés
CAMBIA! C. Tangana, Carin Leon & Adriel Favela
Sobreviviré (Remasterizado) Tomasito
RUEDA, RUEDA María José Llergo

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Here’s a playlist of what might be called Flamenco Pop… it still encompasses a variety of genres as flamenco has been incorporated into a wide variety of musical styles.

Flamenco originated within the Roma community - who originally came out of Rajasthan. They emigrated westward and left a musical legacy everywhere they stopped or settled. Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, and eventually Spain (specifically Andalucia in the south). There’s an excellent film on this called Latcho Drom that is beautifully filmed and the music is of course incredible.

Link to the Documentary Trailer

The original NY Times review of the documentary

But this playlist is a whole other thing. While Spain was under the fascist boot of Franco, flamenco was nominated and held up as part of the national cultural patrimony - oddly as the Roma people there had been oppressed for hundreds of years. There’s a similarity in attitude with blues in the US (not a musical similarity). Anyway, as a result during that time, the music was frozen - there were strict definitions as to what constituted “authentic” flamenco. This also had the effect of making this wonderful soulful music anathematic to the younger post Franco generation as they associated it with the repressive aspects of that regime and wanted nothing to do with it.

Eventually of course, some flamenco artists broke free and began to experiment. Cameron de la Isla made some amazing recordings that stretched the boundaries. He was so rooted in the tradition that no one could challenge his authenticity (there’s a wonderful documentary on him too on streaming). Younger artists like Ketama fused flamenco with blues (despite what I said above) and the present generation does more or less whatever they like. The pop artist Rosalia, for example, does come from a traditional flamenco background, and when she incorporated flamenco into pop music some folks in Spain felt she was selling out to make money. But the songs are excellent, so it’s hard to argue against them

Here’s a recent NY Times article about Maria Jose Llergo, an up and coming artist in this world:

Some really surprising mashups on this playlist - stirring and heartfelt. Enjoy!

- David Byrne

Nov 1 2023

David Byrne Presents: Flamenco Every Which Way

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Hola, mi amor Las Migas
MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio) ROSALÍA
Poquito a Poquito Marta Santos
Te Regalo La Agonía Alba Carmona
SUPERPODER María José Llergo
Letra Menúa María Peláe
Sangre La Prenda Roja
Moño Apretao Big Lois
El Amor Hay Que Regarlo Todos Los Días El Canijo de Jerez
Libre Chambao
Ingobernable C. Tangana, Gipsy Kings, Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
Power Putolargo & Pastora Andrades
Es Lo Que Tiene El Suso
Por la Boca Vive el Pez Alba Molina & Rafael Riqueni
El fruto La Prenda Roja
Se Dio Así Muyaio & Tronco
TU ACTITUD Silvia Expósito
Suspiro tierno (La Soleá) Ángeles, Víctor, Gloria & Javier
La Bruja Alba Carmona
Me Llaman Pakuki Pakuki
Cuando Me Llegue La Hora Sevillanas
Tú Me Dejaste De Querer C. Tangana, Niño de Elche & La Húngara
Alegría de coral Alba Molina & Jesus Bola
Rezo El Lebrijano
Currito Ta Ta Ta Kiko Veneno
Alarevolvé (Tangos) Aurora Vargas
De Plata ROSALÍA & The Weeknd
Me Miras Pero No Me Ves María José Llergo
No Sé Si Vivo o Sueño (Remasterizado) Ketama
Poeta de Cai (feat. Diego de Morao) Diego Carrasco
El Talisman Rosana
Feos Kiko Veneno
Esos Ojos Asesinos El Lebrijano
Yukele La Negra
El día que nací yo Maria Rodés
CAMBIA! C. Tangana, Carin Leon & Adriel Favela
Sobreviviré (Remasterizado) Tomasito
RUEDA, RUEDA María José Llergo

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