Consequences of the globalization of flamenco

June, 01; 2021. By
Flamenco as a musical genre has reached a very interesting point, and it is that this genre is spreading throughout the world without any type of control and that has various consequences and is changing some aspects of it.

The most important thing to highlight is that, that flamenco has gone global. This regional musical genre from the south of Spain (Andalusia), touched by the hand of success, is crossing borders wherever it goes, both internal and interregional (such as the traditional Barcelona flamenco community, from which Rosalía emanates), such as cross-border (France, USA, Turkey, Japan, Australia ...). It is a unique genre that is even eclipsing other regional styles of the peninsula (such as the Aragonese jota) and that of course has more projection than many other musical genre in the world, especially because of its passion, the passion that arises from flamenco, which it is made by a frank and vehement art, as is music.

All this is fine, but the epicenter of flamenco, which is Andalusia, should know that since we are all aware of the musical genre in question, many more "sinful hands" (remember, we are all sinners, heh, heh) are exerting influence on it to a greater or lesser extent. Therefore the entire flamenco community is also aware of what happens in Japan or Australia, where there are some important flamenco detachments, and they are not exactly close (geographically) to the south of Spain.

Flamenco purism should not be afraid of being diluted or losing influence, we simply have to think that flamenco has entered a new dimension, a global dimension, and that it is attracting interest and talent throughout our little world, as for example Anglo-Saxon music does, which attracts singers into its orbit, such as the well-known and celebrated Swedish music group, Abba, which although Nordic, sang in English. And this should not be seen as a possible problem, simply flamenco should treat with honor and respect all those who want to contribute to this art, either by enjoying it or performing it, and should be very grateful.

And it is precisely that flamenco, that musical style, is forged over centuries and centuries of invasions that the Iberian peninsula has suffered, starting with the Phoenicians, Iberians, Celts, Romans, Goths, Jews, Arabs, and then the purely Spanish, including the Andalusian gypsy community; so the mixture is in its purest essence and is perhaps its distinctive sign.

So, we must not be afraid of the opening and new stage of flamenco as a global musical genre, we simply must say: Long live flamenco!
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