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'Another memory of Flamenco: The song of classical poetry'.
A conference on Flamenco, declared one of the Masterpieces of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO “for keeping alive the essence and vigour of the tradition”, and its other memory. Flamenco is not only a fascinating art thanks to its contagious rhythm and its expressive power that is captivating all around the world, it is also a vehicle of memory.
As Félix Grande details in his work “Memoria del flamenco” (Memory of Flamenco) (1976), perhaps the book most often cited amongst those who venture into the world of Flamenco singing, “The historical memory runs through the veins of Flamenco songs, specially of the Spanish Romani people”. However, Flamenco’s capacity of being a vehicle of memory is not over yet. It stands as transmitter of Spanish classical poetry, in a time when poetry reading scarce. While in Spain poetry becomes little by little in a gender of minorities, many Flamenco singers have taken the task of recovering classical poems to music and making those more attractive and closer to the general public. They are not only recovering those with cultured authorship but also those that are popular, such as Romancero Gitano or Marinero en Tierra. They are working as well with poetry of every time and condition, even the more difficult one, like the “dislatada” of Cántico Espiritual (en Morente sueña la Alhambra), the pure one of the poet from Moguer (in Juan Ramón y el flamenco) or the surrealist of the Poeta en Nueva York (in Omega).
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