Sara Baras on set of Flamenco by Carlos Saura photographer Federico Calvo
Is it Falmingo, Flamingo, or Flamenco Music?
If you are thinking of Spanish Music, then the correct spelling is FLAMENCO music.
“Flamenco” refers to the traditional Andalusian art form that includes music, dance, and singing, and is characterised by its passionate expression and intricate rhythm.
While “Flamingo” refers to a bird species known for its distinctive pink feathers, and… “falmingo“, well… it is simply a misspelling of the word.
The origin of the name “flamenco” for the traditional Andalusian art form that includes music, dance, and singing, is uncertain, but there are several theories. One theory suggests that the word “flamenco” comes from the Spanish word “flama,” which means flame, and was used to describe the fiery passion and intense emotions expressed in the music and dance.
Another theory suggests that the word has Arabic origins and comes from the Arabic word “fellah mengu,” which means “expelled peasant.” This theory suggests that the music and dance were created by Andalusian peasants who were expelled from their homes during the Spanish Inquisition and who expressed their sorrow and longing through the art form.
Regardless of the origin of the name, flamenco music has become an integral part of Spanish culture and is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.