The Uncertain Future of Flamenco

Flamenco is many different things to different people. ‘Classic’ flamenco, “created by marginalised gypsies in rural Andalusia two or more centuries ago, and still sung in southern Spain by old-timers,” is only peripherally related to the jazzy, pop-influenced dance craze which is even now enjoying a comeback all across Europe. Most of the youngsters dancing the night away to the latter are probably completely unaware of the former, and some purists are concerned that the gypsy history of the original flamenco may soon be lost.