Strongly rhythmic style combining guitar, a singer, a dancer, and occasionally other instruments such as cajón, flute, violin, bass, oud, and cello. Developed by 15th century gypsies in the south of Spain from musical roots in Morocco, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Greece and other parts of the Middle East. Singers will perform "palmas," a kind of precise rhythmic hand-clapping. "Flamenco" is said to be a mis-pronunciation of the Arabic words "felag" (peasant) and "mengu" (fugitive). The word became a synonym for "Andalucian gypsy" in the 18th century. Artists can now be found everywhere in the world.
Last update:January 2, 2007 at 17:29:25 UTC