I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a few (free!) flamenco shows these past few weeks in Sevilla.  When one thinks of Spain, typically the image of a flamenco dancer is one of the things that comes to mind- and rightfully so!

While the city of origin is still widely disputed (some say Sevilla, some say otherwise), one thing is for sure- flamenco is purely Andalucian.  Much like the history of Spain, the art of flamenco has been heavily influenced by many different cultures and peoples.  Those who had the greatest influence on flamenco were actually the gypsies, but there are traces of Arab, Jewish, and Castillian cultures as well- basically all the people who ever roamed the lands of southern Spain.

Right now Sevilla is hosting one of the most important flamenco festivals in the world- one that comes around only every 2 years, the Bienal de Flamenco.

I was lucky enough to be living only a few blocks away from the festivities last weekend where I was able to record this *amazing* video.  The singer is Maria Mezcle- apparently she is a newer artist but comes from a long line of flamenco performers.  Even if this is your first time viewing an authentic flamenco performance, you will surely pick up on the rhythm, passion, and emotion involved with this cultural phenomenon.  What I love most is how powerful the energy is.  Even if I can’t understand a lot of what is being said, I can certainly feel it.  Hope you find this video as inspiring as I did!  Enjoy!

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