Verdiales Music Los Romanes Village
I have been in the travel and hospitality business for most of my life and often in the past have organised small excursions for groups to various “local” interesting places and events.
Today you can pre-book your “local” excursions online. Other good websites bring to your attention the opportunity to discover the genuine experience of mixing with local people and their lifestyle.
There was no entrance fee, you could come and go as you wish with plenty to eat and drink in the numerous bars and restaurants. The atmosphere was electric, listening to music and singing of the individual bands taking part and watching the dancers performing their traditional country dances, all this happening along the narrow streets of Los Romanes with the competition finale to be held in the main square.
The Verdiales competition finally began, but by now it was past midnight. This was a great event, an evening that mixed the “local life” and the “meeting the locals” of all ages, all enjoying themselves, including us – the visitors.
What is Verdiales?
Verdiales is a Flamenco music style and song form belonging to cante chico. Originating in Almogía, near Málaga in Andalucía, it is based upon the Fandango. For this reason, the verdiales are sometimes known as fandangos de Málaga. Normally played in the key of E Phrygian (key of C major with the fifth sharpened) and occasionally in A minor, the Verdiales has a 12-beat rhythm similar to the Soleares, and Bulerías.
Source Wikipedia more here
The image from Los Romanes 14 June 2014
The spectacular YouTube presentation is By PorveritaMomentos cumbre en la Ermita de Verdiales 2 (2010) Thank you!