WALK THROUGH ALBAICIN AND SACROMONTE
Live the Magic of the Flamingo!
Enjoy a walk through the old Moorish quarter of the Albayzín, known for its narrow streets and squares with panoramic views of the Alhambra and Generalife monuments. Experience the Flamenco Show Gypsy Zambra and have dinner with views of the Alhambra in a cave in the Sacromonte quarter, the birthplace of flamenco in Granada.
ZAMBRA. ORIGIN OF FLAMENCO
Also known as "cante jondo" or "cante grande", Flamenco, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, is the style of music and dance characteristic of Andalusian folklore that transmits the rhythm of the guitar, singing and dancing. In the 18th century it began to increase its popularity, especially with the creation of the Cafe with live music, where singing performances were live and with an audience.
Zambra comes from the Arabic word zamra (flute) or zamara (musicians) and is cited in 17th and 18th century literature alongside zapateado, zarabanda, fandango. The zambra was a genre typical of the Moors in Granada who, during the persecutions of the 17th century, joined the gypsy communities, who inherited the zambra and recreated it as a properly gypsy show. The zambra caracolera, very popular in the shows of the 50's and 60's of the 20th century, is inspired by a type of music that highlights exoticism, evoking the gypsy atmosphere of the caves of Sacromonte.
The typical and native dances of Sacromonte are divided into two: The Wedding and Granada. The Zambra designates two different genres of Andalusian music, the one linked to the ritual of the gypsies of Granada and the theatrical style created by Manolo Caracol for his shows that recreates the Moorish atmosphere of the caves of Sacromonte. Thus, returning to the exotic atmosphere that attracted the Spanish public in the 50's. This last one integrates three main dances that symbolize each one of the moments of the gypsy wedding: the alboreá, the cachucha and the fly.