Malaga Styles Flamenco

  • Granadinas/Granainas, they belong to the Andalusian songs group, styles from Malaga, and to the group of "libres" or free styles. The medium "granaina", should be from Granada if we trust its name, but they come from the old fandango (verdial) originated in Ronda and Malaga and then they arrived to Granada. Therefore we include the medium "granaina" among the styles from Malaga. Song with a clear melodic line. The flourish of the voice is the bridge to the tone changes.
  • Rondeñas, they belong to the Andalusian songs branch, styles from Malaga, they belong to the free styles. A "palo" originated in Ronda, a city of Malaga. As all the other flamenco "palos" comiing from Malaga, the "rondeña" is prior to the flamenco itself.
    It is a copla made of four octosyllable lines, generally with a consonant rhyme. They normally turn into five by repetition of the second one, but also without repetition. It is a composition without "compas", of which lyrics are identified with the rural life. During the last years they evolved, they are less overelaborated with "melismas" and they are slower at the beginning.
  • Verdiales, they belong to the Andalusian songs branch, styles from Malaga. They are a sociomusical demonstration with a rural origin, only performed in some geographical points of Malaga, near Granada. Its singing and dancing style is accompanied by a "rondalla" made up by a violin, two to four guitars, a tambourine, two or more "crótalos" (kind of castanets), castanets and sometimes a lute or "bandurria". Using the jargon we called the group of performers, singers (cantaores) and dancers (bailaores) the "Panda de Verdiales" (the gang of verdiales), and we called their shows the Party of Verdiales. A member of a gang is called "fiestero".
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