Seville, flamenco city par excellence
To talk about flamenco is to talk about Seville. Although there are many discrepancies about the origin of this art form, many place it in the province of Cádiz. However, flamenco would not have been what it is today without its passage through our city and especially, through the well-known Triana neighbourhood.
To reach this main reference point and stage for great figures, one must cross the Isabel II bridge, better known as the “Triana bridge”. Once there, you will be able to feel the pure air of the flamenco that impregnates its streets. Compás, art and feeling will accompany you throughout your journey through the corners of this old Sevillian suburb.
The Triana shore welcomed the most important cantaores in its streets at a time when flamenco was at its peak. We are talking, for example, about “El Fillo”, one of the pioneers of flamenco singing who already marked an era with the seguiriya or seguirilla, one of the oldest flamenco forms.
For almost 200 years, Triana has been adopting artists who came to the capital to carve out a future for themselves like “Frasco el Colorao”, who was born in Puerto Real (Cádiz). A disciple of these was Antonio Cagancho, who started the singing tradition of the Cagancho family.
The flamenco tradition of this Sevillian neighborhood culminates with the creation of an original song and dance of this bank of the Guadalquivir, the solea of Triana, the favorite flamenco form of many cantaores, especially those who prefer the cantes pa’lante.
This cante, is accompanied by guitar falsetas to enrich the melody and to accompany the dance, forged in the compositions of great figures like La Andonda de Tomatito or by great voices like La Serneta or Ramón el Ollero.
Flamenco in Seville: an idyll full of art, culture and tradition
Meanwhile, on the other side of the river, we have to talk about the one considered as the “King of the singers” of the time, Silverio Franconetti, the promoter of the singing cafés.
Franconetti was mainly responsible for the transition to the so-called “Golden Age of Flamenco”, as he was able to elevate the style of cante jondo to the status of a “major art”. Furthermore, he knew how to understand flamenco as an art for everyone, taking it out of the privacy of homes and family celebrations and taking it to stages to the delight of the public.
From our city, Seville, she is also Pastora Pavón, better known as “La Niña de los Peines”, who made her debut when she was only eight years old in a stand at the Seville Trade Fair, replacing her brother Tomás, who was also a cantaor.
Nor can we forget Manolo Caracol, Manuel Vallejo or Antonio Mairena, among others. All of them played a fundamental role in the evolution of flamenco, creating trends and marking style.
As for the styles, the styles of flamenco, we find that, historically, what has had more presence in Seville have been the already mentioned seguiriyas, tonás, martinetes, tangos and bulerías.
And, of course, we can’t forget the sevillanas, which, as their name indicates, are originally from the province of Seville. Specifically, the sevillanas have experienced a great expansion from Seville to other parts of Andalusia, Spain and the rest of the world, since they have a great presence in the different pilgrimages, fairs and other festivities of the country.
Its pioneers were the Toronjo brothers, although the revolution of this genre did not come until the Reyes brothers carried out changes in its melody, avoiding repeating the lyrics in the four parts that make up a Sevillian.
Seville is, in short, a city in which one can breathe flamenco. Its streets serve as a stage for many artists, who perform in every corner, offering passers-by another way of approaching flamenco.
Moreover, you will find many tablaos, like ours, where you can feel, live and transmit the purest form of this art. We leave you a sample of it. Olé!