March 28 2012
Rumba flamenca is the forecast for the week on Sound Travels as we get at some classic and some contemporary sounds from Spain. The story of the Spanish rumba is a well documented tale of a sound that has gone over and come back, ida y vuelta as they say in Spanish, as the flow of culture is one of constant change and growth.
And by growth, I also am implying a fusion, and in the case of Spanish Rumba, it's the rhythms of Africans and the possibilities of the "New" World that enabled that fusion that changed the sound of flamenco forever. I played some more classic examples of the genre today, and one from an artist whose African connection is more than skin deep. Buika, whose mix of flamenco and R&B, provides clues to where the genre may be heading next...
Paco De Lucia "Entre Dos Aguas" El Flamenco Es... Paco De Lucia
Rosa y La Pena "Tamacun"
Los Reyes "
Buika " En Mi Piel