Flamenco, a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Flamenco is considered a Performing Art that involves the perfect combination of dance and music to create an impressive performance; originated at the end of the 18th century in the Andalusia Region, this Folk Art, strongly influenced by Gitanos (Gypsies) was declared and recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on the 22nd of November 2010.


Flamenco and Andalusia. Flamenco is originated in Southern Spain, in the Andalusian RegionCredit: Daniel M RamirezThe typical flamenco dress, the distinctive songs and the sensual rhythmic dance are very characteristic of the Andalusia Region but thanks to UNESCO, this beautiful Art can be considered a Patrimony to the Humanity, it now belongs to all of us. This acknowledgment of “Universality of the Flamenco” is a well deserved recognition of one of the most beautiful artistic expression of dance, song and musianship (toque)


Flamenco in AndalusiaCredit: Daniel M RamirezFor the last few decades; years before the recognition, Flamenco has become an increasingly universal art: language is not a barrier and the rhythm of the music is contagious. Nowadays, the stereotypical image of the Spanish dance has changed; Flamenco inspires the world, including the fashion world and the international pop music (the best example is The Gypsy Kings). This award completely changes the touristic prospects of Southern Spain: this is where you will truly enjoy the magic of the universal folk dance; the best places are Seville and Malaga, you can combine a visit to this beautiful place with a City Break to Costa del Sol.


The New Flamenco is a recent variant of Flamenco which has been influenced by modern musical genres, like rock, rumba, salsa, jazz and pop. The difference between the traditional flamenco and “Flamenco Nuevo” is that previously, flamenco artists did not receive any training, they were truly self-taught artists that learned by listening and playing with their parents, friends or neighbours; another difference is that flamenco used to be accompanied with the guitar as the only musical instrument; nowadays, flamenco dancers are well-trained and is also accompanied by the bandurria and the tambourine.


Flamenco Music (Top Ten Flamenco Singers)

1)      Camaron de la Isla – Al verte las flores lloran (The flowers cry when they see you)

2)      Leyenda del Tiempo 1979 by Camaron de la Isla.Credit: Daniel M Ramirez

3)      Pequeño Reloj by Enrique Morente.

4)      Zaguan by Miguel Poveda

5)      Querencia by Mayte Martin

6)      La Nuez Mosca by Chano LobatoCredit: Daniel M Ramirez

7)      Colores Morenos by Juan Moreno El Torta

8)      Great Masters of Flamenco by Las Niñas de los Peines

9)      El Genio by Manolo Caracol

10)  Ritmo en la Sangre by Fernanda & Bernanda de Utera