Povel Ramel: «Liten turist-flamenco» (1965)

Povel Ramel (1922-2007). Estrella del Knäppupp.

Flamenco music is one of the most technically demanding, yet least understood musics in the world. Part of the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of what I usually refer to as «Tourist Flamenco», with its artificial emotion and showy (and often badly played) guitar stylings. Current recordings are frequently not much help, as guitarists like Manitas de Plata, or «Little Hands of Silver» (known in Spain as «Manitas de Plomo», or Little Hands of Lead) have managed to land themselves recording contracts with major record companies, while true artists like Melchor de Marchena remain in relative obscurity,

1 comentario en “Povel Ramel: «Liten turist-flamenco» (1965)

  1. Emilio Quintana Autor

    Part of the reason for this is the fact that the true Flamenco artist generally finds himself uncomfortable in a recording situation and is not able, or in fact refuses, to produce. The preferred venue is the «juerga», an authentic Flamenco atmosphere usually occurring at random, in any location, with much to drink, and with only a few other Flamencos and «Aficionado» present. The juerga atmosphere is extremely difficult to record, as the greatness of the music sometimes occurs sporadically, and can be destroyed in a second by what may be perceived as an inappropriate word or action.

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