Paco Peña: Flamenco and the Question of National Identity in Spain

Posted: 28/03/2021 by vequinox in Literature


41V5TSYKGHLOn the 1st of June 1942, the Spanish Flamenco composer and guitarist Paco Peña was born in Córdoba, Spain. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost traditional Flamenco players, Peña began his professional career very early in life. He learnt playing the guitar at the age of six, and by twelve he made his first professional appearances. After touring with various groups as an accompanist, he eventually settled in London where he began a solo career. His television appearances in the 1960s brought him significant public acclaim. He is responsible for founding the international annual Córdoba Guitar Festival, visited throughout the years by such Flamenco masters as Manolo Sanlúcar and Paco de Lucía. He has also played concerts with the Classical guitarist John Williams. His Flamenco guitar performances are inspired by the so-called compás, the rhythm of the earth.

In one of the interviews Paco Peña stated: “I like all kinds…

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