• Gypsy (Roma) ethnical groups (complete)

    9 Mar 2007, 16:50 by VadaniaFlame

    This is a part number two of my journal about Gypsies (Roma). I hope that it will not make you dizzy, but there are really many, MANY Roma communities and it’s quite hard to present them clearly, especially because their names vary and even the same name could be used accordingly to two or more drastically distinct groups. This is not going to be absolutely complete list of Roma communities – this is not a task for one life, but it consists of the most important, significant and interesting groups. Believe me or not but they are many and you’ll find it during reading.

    If you want me to describe some other ones – just let me know and I will try to do my best to help you. OK, now I’m going to do the rest: sth about Roma culture (and music of course) that will be presented in part three.

    Anyway, have a nice reading and let me know if you like it or have any questions.

    There are about 8-10 million Roma people nowadays. More precise estimations are not possible…
  • "Jóvenes flamencos": how it happenned, what it brought to us

    4 Feb 2007, 14:01 by Nillo86

    Back at the time when I wrote this post inspired by Ketama, Barewires asked me to develop on the subject. I have made an attempt to structure my memories from 10 years ago, when I fell in love with flamenco. And this is what this post will be about, and I will not pretend to give accurate details such as dates and so on. For real flamenco history, I recommend that you visit sites such as this one http://www.esflamenco.com/enindex.html or many others that you will find easily by typing the word in any search engine.

    The revolution of what in the nineties got the name of "Jóvenes Flamencos" is nothing but a natural evolution of traditional flamenco music exposed to other western music styles, which peak took place in the 90`s.

    I discovered flamenco with the film "Flamenco" by film maker Carlos Saura. I strongly recommend it to understand how it all happened and, what follows in the post really can be seen there, together with dancing, essential for full understanding of this genre.