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A Modern-Day Guide To The Music Of Spain – Part 1

It’s hard to pin down Spanish music as it’s a blend of different influences hailing from several dialectal regions and other parts of the world. Still, these unique songs somehow come together to complement and enhance the country’s traditions and national culture.

Below, we take a look at the bands and singers who have impacted Spain’s music scene with their original, and harmonizing, songs.

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Heredeiros da Crus, Jard Rock Con Fe

Not to be confused with Castilian, Gallego is the dialect of Spanish spoken spoken in Northwestern lands of Spain. It can be heard below by use of Francisco Javier Vázquez Maneiro Jarfuxo, O Fillo da necha’s distilled voice.

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Los Suaves, Gira de los Mil Conciertos

The newest from Los Suaves came back in 2013, an album entitled Gira de los Mil Conciertos which translates to “Tour of a Thousand Concerts.” Fourteen tracks were included as part of their personal tribute to the group’s thousandth concert.

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Lamatumbá, “Licor Café”

Lamatumbá achieved popularity whilst singing about Spanish life. This one’s about Licor Café, coffee liquor, typically had with a café con leche–dessert, or, as we prefer it, in a shot glass.

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Paco de Lucia, “Entre Dos Aguas”

Before dying of a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico on February 25, 2014, de Lucia was not only regarded as the world’s top flamenco guitarist but also as Spain’s most famous musician. Through his career, the native of Algeciras (south of Seville) became one of the first flamenco artists to also dabble in jazz and classical music.

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Skacha, “A Por Ellos”

Here’s where things get interesting- Skacha is a Galician punk rock group. If you’re familiar with traditional Galician music you expect bag pipes, tamburines, orchestras, and generally boastful remarks about the region. Try this one on for size and let us know what ya think. The video’s a riot!

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Julio Iglesias

To some he’s “just” the father of Enrique Iglesias. To Madrid, he’s their pride and joy, a Grammy winner who’s sold hundreds of millions of albums in 14 different languages throughout his career.

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Rosendo Mercado Ruiz, “Manera De Vivir”

A member of two prominent Madrid based hard-rock bands, Ñu and Leño, Rosendo, 61, might be more of a fan-favorite in Galicia where he’s held solo performances as recently as this past summer.

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Pimpinella, “Galicia”

The translated melody goes a little something like this, “Galicia, each day more beautiful, more beautiful. Each day better and better” and it’s true. Galicia is often referred to as a replica of Ireland for its green pastures and rolling mountains, both sites to be marveled at. It should come as no surprise that you won’t be able to avoid this song if you ever find yourself in Galicia.

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of Niyazz / shutterstock.com

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Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at joey@newswhistle.com or send him a Tweet (@SenorJoseRafael).

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