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Are there any Spanish members here?
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RE: Are there any Spanish members here? (in reply to Waldo)
HEllo guys, I'm Spanish myself, ummm, I think that one of the main reasons that there are no Spanish people here are, 1st, the language.
We are not specially famous for our knowledge of english and other languages.
Actually I think that we are one of the countries in Europe that worse english speaks as an overall. If you go to Portugal for example, which are our neighbours, I can tell you that a vast majority of portuguese youth speaks english pretty well.
Our Education system, language fonetics and other factors are the main reasons for our
lack of knowledge in foreign laguages.
That's one main reason why spanish people are not in this forum. I don't think arrogance is a reason why spanish people are not here. Not in these days, flamenco as had a very big evolution. Profesionals and musicians of flamenco have realised that there are many non spanish people, people that have not been raised in Spain and that are amazing flamencos.
It is true, there are the old critics, which close themselves to mantain purity of flamenco, and are very sceptic when they see someone which is not spanish, or even andaluz, that tries to perfom "el arte del flamenco"but I don't think this helps flamenco at all.
People like Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, keeping and open mind, which leads to creativity, those are the real "light" to the art.
From my point of view 2 things are important in Flamenco,
a) work, work, work, practice, practice, practice.
b) feeling and honesty when you play.
And any human being, from Australia, Japan, Spain, England or whatever place, can do that. Like in any other kind of music.
The only difference I see is that if you have not been raised in Spain, maybe you would have to work a little harder to get more previous knowledge.
Personally, I do not believe "you have to be spanish to be able to perform flamenco when we are talking about guitar and dancing.
"El Cante"is more debatable.
You can learn from everybody, foreign, spanish, japonese, from the one that masters the guitar to the one that has been playing just for a few years.
Another reason why few spanish people are here, I guess, is because of access to information that regards flamenco. If you live in Spain obviously you would look for 1st hand information, which is already in spanish, you learn from family, friends, from schools, from performances, concerts, flamenco bars, the radio, the TV, etc.
You have direct access to the source.
Another reason may be, that not all spanish people like flamenco.
Specially young people, and specially "flamenco JONDO"
A lot of people like "flamenkito, rumbitas, etc" but not "Flamenco Jondo"
When Spanish young people go to party, they don't want to listen to a "Seguiriya" jejeje
saludos, I hope this answeers some questions
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Date Jun. 26 2011 17:26:36
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