The name Flamenco


The name "Flamenco"

Flamenco origin - Flamenco history - Flamenco roots - Flamenco art - Flamenco palos

Flemish emperor Charles (El Flamenco)The name "Flamenco" did not come from the Gitanos, but Spanish writings about music art, show that, at the end of the 18th century, the Gitanos were also called Flamencos. This was a result of granting citizenship to the gitanos in 1782 by Carlos III, imposing any further discrimination of gitanos based on their ethnicity and therefore forbidden to call them any longer gitanos. Nonetheless the Spaniards kept on making the distinction and used the term flamencos to appoint gitanos as a reference to their flamboyant behavior. Most likely the name Flamenco was chosen as a reference to the indecent, undisciplined Flamencos (the Flemings) from the times in 16th century when the Flemish emperor Charles (El Flamenco) ruled over Spain. It was also the Flemish Charles, crowned as king of Spain in 1516 when the strict and severe Islamic lifestyle still existed in Granada, brought Latin singers or Cantors from Flanders to sing in the Spanish cathedrals, all intended to brighten up the sober Islamic lifestyle. These very good singers were called Flamencos (Flemish). Thus arose the link between cantor and flamenco (coming from Flanders).