Emotional vocals, stirring guitar strains, handclapping and pounding feet are so important to the music of Spain, especially as heard in the country’s most recognized musical genre,
Flamenco, an art form, was created by the Romani – or gypsies – in Andalusia as far back as the 1700s. Over the centuries, the Flamenco gained popularity through ought Spain, Europe and the world. Contemporary Flamenco is performed as concerts, theater and on the streets.
One of the most famous and celebrated performers was Rocio Jurado, known as “La mas grande” or “The Greatest” who died in 2006 after a long celebrated career as an actress and singer, with her last recording Rocío Siempre being released in the same year.
Spain has had a rich musical history and present with composers such as Tomás Luis de Victoria – the greatest Renaissance composer from the country; Enrique Granados – whose repertoire includes operas, chamber music, concertos and ballets such as Danzas Españolas; Manuel de la Falla – a composer of chamber pieces, zarzuelas and ballets, the most famous of which might be the stirring El amor brujo. More contemporary musicians include the internationally loved balladeer Julio Iglesias who has recorded over 80 albums, many of them platinum and gold records; while his sons Julio Jr. and Enrique both embarked upon music careers, it is the multi-award winning Enrique, also called the King of Latin Pop, who has enjoyed huge international success. Another wildly popular singer from Spain is the sometimes campy Miguel Bose who really started his musical career, and was catapulted to international stardom, during the Disco era. Bose’s has had successful collaborations with many other recording artists, which has helped his popularity and career flourish.
These are but a sampling of the immense musical talent born in Spain, and if the sound-waves are any indication, we can expect to keep hearing incredible sounds from the country.