Looking for a taste of Spanish culture? Check out Flamenco en Detroit! Direct from Spain–Raquel Heredia.
“Detroit will have the pleasure to experience the best of today’s Flamenco dancers and singers coming together to perform live at the Majestic Cafe on October 16th. This Flamenco group is stellar and their passion and excitement for this soulful music is expressed by their emotions in the dance and music they perform. The attendees will have the pleasure to see Raquel Heredia Reyes and a hand selected group of musicians that complement each other. The group also includes Ángel Ruíz, Amparo Heredia, Manolo De Córdoba y Amaito.”
The doors open at 6:00 PM with showtime at 6:30 PM. The Majestic Cafe offers a full bar and food for purchase.
Tickets are available at The Majestic box office by calling 313.444.2487 and online at FlamencoMidwest.com. General admission tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the doors. VIP tickets are $65 and it includes 2 free drinks. First rows are reserved for VIP tickets only.
What is Flamenco You Ask?
fla·men·co pronounce fləˈmeNGkō
A style of Spanish music, played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing. A style of spirited, rhythmical dance performed to flamenco music, often with castanets.
Flamenco originated in the southern regions of Spain. “Many believe flamenco to be the invention of the gypsies, and although they have been the main protagonists of the art, they are not its sole creators.
Flamenco song can be broken down into two categories- Cante gitano, gypsy songs, andCante andaluz, andalucian songs.
When the gypsies arrived in Andalucia from India around 1425, they brought with them many song and dance styles that have strong Indian connections. At this time Andalucía was still under Arab rule, and along with the Jews and the moors, the gypsies were soon to be persecuted by the Catholic monarchs and the inquisition.
The moors were forced to convert to Christianity, and failure to do so resulted in expulsion from Spain, the Jews suffered a similar fate, and the gypsies were subjected to some of the worst atrocities in an attempt to exterminate them as a race. Many laws were passed by various monarchs, which forbid them anything to do with their identity.
They were to stop wearing their style of dress, cease speaking in the Romany language, and to stop their wanderings and seek steady employment, which prohibited them obtaining money by the usual gypsy traits like horse dealing, trading at fairs, and sorcery.
These laws and restrictions resulted in bands of gypsies, moors, and Jews taking refuge in treacherous mountainous areas, which were too desolate for the authorities to pursue them.
These different cultures lived in relative harmony for many years, and the fusion of their music and dances are what we know today as flamenco.” more from Andalucia.com.