Alcalá and
flamenco

History and evolution
of flamenco

The history and evolution of Flamenco has placed Alcalá de Guadaíra in one of its pillars thanks to the soleá.

If his music originally comes from Triana, it is here where it is reworked, given another aroma and taking, as if it were the palette of a painter of the nineteenth century, another color.

The path of the Soleá

The soleá has once again taken possession of its territory.

If you follow this path you will discover a place of unknown and singular beauty. You will walk through the streets that saw the birth of this unique art.

You will soak up its essence and feeling.

Come and follow me… accompany me in my search.

The 3x4 compass route

The genesis of the jondo is produced in the triangle formed by the vertices of Triana, Jerez and Cadiz.

A winding road, which will lead us to a deep understanding of the essence of the essence, passing through cities such as Alcalá de Guadaíra, Dos Hermanas, Los Palacios, Mairena del Alcor, Utrera, Lebrija and Las Cabezas.

Singers of Alcalá

The Gordo and Paula’ s family is the origin of a breeding ground that is generated in the suburb of the castle. In its caves and in the parish of San Miguel, some gypsy families were the ones who, with the passing of time, would create what will be called cantes de Alcalá .

It is true that there was a non-gypsy cantaor from Alcalá who in 1865 sang in the Salón Recreo in Seville. His name was José Ordóñez “Juraco” and there is a hill with this name in Alcalá. This singer also sang with Silverio Franconeti and stood out for his soleares singing.

One of the most complete singers in the history of Flamenco was another Alcalá native named Bernardo Álvarez Pérez “Bernardo el de los Lobitos” who left an extensive discography on slate (he recorded his first records in 1910 with Ramón Montoya) or on vinyl. Although linked to Madrid by profession, he never forgot his roots and family in Alcalá de Henares.

Antonio Rivero Basuzaga “Niño de Alcalá” was in the decade of the 20-30’s of the last century, another very outstanding singer in the fandangos styles. He engraved many slate plates with Niño Ricardo. He was in companies of the Flamenco Opera along with the greats of the time, especially because of his resemblance to Manuel Vallejo. He died prematurely but left us his recordings as a historical memory.

The history of flamenco in Alcalá is full with names such as Eloy Curraga, Luis Medina “el Curilla”, Pascual with his famous saetas alcalareñas, Paquito León, El Picoro de Alcalá, El Rubio, Manuel Fernández “el Poeta Gitano de Alcalá”, Manuel Algodón, the dancer Antonio “el Truja”, Manuel Heredia, Antonio “el Mauro” and his son Francisco Javier “Niño del Mauro”, Antonio Saavedra “Salpicón”, the guitar player Alfredo Aragón, Juan Barcelona, el Cuto, El Churra, Manuel Pérez “Rubito de Alcalá” or Luis “el Piñonero”.

Alcalá is proud to have one of its favorite sons, as a leading exponent of flamenco dance. Javier Baron, dancer and choreographer, awarded in 2008 with the National Dance Award. A man in love with his land and who does not hesitate to return to it whenever his busy world schedule allows him to do so.

At present, names such as the names of the tocaores Juan Manuel Flores, Niño Elías, José Manuel Mejías (guitarist and cantaor), bailaores (dancers) such as Jesus Aurelio, Araceli de Alcala, Yaiza Trigo, David Perez, the dance school of the Villaú sisters, singers such as Jesús Ponce, José María Sánchez, Antonio Solís, Mario de Alcalá, Tomás Pereira “Canito”, David Hornillo, Saray de Alcalá, Agustín Jiménez o Kiko de Alcalá opens a new trail of this infinite universe of art, which is Flamenco in Alcalá.

The commitment to flamenco
in Alcalá de Guadaíra

The city’s commitment to flamenco is reflected in the multitude of festivals and competitions throughout the year.

Alcalá hosts two well-known and important flamenco festivals:

  • the “Manolito María” Festival, which serves as a projection of new local and foreign values;
  • and the Festival “Joaquín el de la Paula”, already consolidated as one of the greatest festivals in Andalusia.

In the months of Lent it is the Gutiérrez de Alba theater, which dresses up to celebrate the annual saetas contest, where you can hear local singers performing the saeta de Alcalá and other styles, such as seguiriya, martinete and carcelera.

The Peña Flamenca “Soleá de Alcalá” does immeasurable work with recitals throughout the year and a great annual contest.

During the month of March, on the occasion of the anniversary, open days are held, among other events, especially for educational centers. All of this makes this entity a saint and hallmark of current Flamenco in Alcalá.

San Miguel Center

The San Miguel Center is a municipal facility in Alcalá de Guadaíra aimed at promoting tourism and culture in the area in which it is located, with special emphasis on flamenco and the performing arts.

We reinvented an old church in the heart of the Barrio de San Miguel, at the foot of the Castillo de Alcalá de Guadaíra, overlooking the river and the surrounding natural area.

Other resources that may interest you

Tourist Office

Harinera del Guadaíra

Avda. Tren de los Panaderos, s/n
Alcalá de Guadaíra 41500
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