Flamenco is a style of entertainment with song, music and dance. It is very popular in Spain and is known worldwide. Its foundation is in Andalusia in Spain. In its evolution Andalusian Gypsies played an important part. The term 'flamenco' was first recorded in the late 18th century but many believe the art form is much older.
Flamenco has acoustic guitar music, singing, hand claps, heel stamps, castanets. It is danced by a man and a woman in traditional Spanish costumes. The dance has no set tempo. It may have both fast and slow passages, rising to a climax near the end.
Flamenco performance has evolved during the history of this musical genre. In the beginning (the 18th century at the latest), songs were sung without any guitar accompaniment. During the 19th century, the guitar was used to accompany songs. Since the second half of the 19th century, the solo guitar is played in flamenco concerts.
On November 16, 2010, UNESCO declared Flamenco one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
When someone from Seville claims that flamenco is in their blood, you’ll see passion light up their eyes. People in this part of Spain are known for their love of music and dance, and their spirited way of life. Despite flamenco’s argued origins (some say Jerez, others Seville, some Granada…). Seeing a flamenco show in Seville is an absolute must, along with eating tapas and drinking sherry wine! . Seville is often argued to be the birthplace of flamenco (watch out if you say that to someone from Jerez, however) and you really can’t go wrong watching a flamenco show in Seville if you choose this tour.