A singer and a dancer to be remembered

vickylass By vickylass, 22nd Jan 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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On January 21st Google reminded us that it was Lola Flores's 93 birth anniversary, but who was Lola Flores? Read to know a bit of her.

A singer and a dancer to be remembered

On January 21st it was my birthday as usual, but I also found out that it would have also been Lola Flores's birthday. I say that it would have been, because Lola Flores died in May 1995 victim of cancer.
Lola Flores was a controversial dancer and singer among those who loved her songs or those who attracted by Marxist ideas hated her. Those regarded her as a fascist or at least as sympathizing with the regime. She might have been sympathizing with the regime, but above all she was a great woman who strove to succeed as a Flamenco dancer and “cantaora” (Flamenco singer)
She was born in Cádiz in the south of Spain, but as she used to say, she had a quarter of gypsy blood. This will explain why she mastered Flamenco singing and dancing as all gypsies do. One only has to view some of her early videos and films on youtube.
She might have been a follower to Franco's regime, but nobody can deny that above all she was a woman with a character and one who left all her energy on the stage even when she had already been diagnosed with cancer.
She succeeded in Spain and at the other side of the ocean when she travelled to Mexico at a time when Mexican cinema was at its best and performed films with the most famous and prestigious Mexican actors and singers.

Difference between singer and “cantaora”

In the same way that we won't say that a woman who sings opera is a singer, but a soprano, a woman (or a man) who sings Flamenco is a “cantaora” or a “cantaor” if this person is a man.
Flamenco isn't a type of music to be sung in big spaces nor in the open air as other types of music, but Flamenco requires a small and cosy one and will usually be performed in a small bar or tavern and such performances will last till the small hours. This explains why at the beginning, singing and dancing flamenco was a man's issue. In time, trends changed and women started to appear on the small stage of a tavern to stay, singing and dancing till dawn.
It is said that many of us can dance and sing Flamenco provided we study it at an early age and we'll most probably achieve to dance and to sing well, but even if one has a fine voice and has learned well, no one can beat the gypsies, because they have the magic (what is called "el duende") deep in their blood. One has to be a gypsy to really excel in Flamenco and this the best heritage we have inherited from them, because they start singing and dancing in streets and in patios at an early age as three.

© Copyright. Vicky Pino. January 22, 2016.


Dancer, Gypsies, Magic, Singer, Tavern, Women

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20th Mar 2016 (#)

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