Koubek Center (Miami, FL)

Niño de Elche

Colombiana

All flamenco is a roundtrip song. This Spanish expression refers to specific selection of flamenco song that “travelled back” from Latin America (mainly Cuba) when Spanish musical traditions and the rhythms brought back by African slaves and Native Americans developed into renewed forms that were reintroduced in Spain, with a different rhythm structure and more mellow character than traditional flamenco.

Not only guajiras or milongas, also the soleá and seguiriya. Romances, cabales, peteneras and pregones in the wide Afro-Andalusian Caribbean. And the fandango, of course. This round trip is the same sugar, coffee, cocoa and cane rum did. But this trip was interrupted between 1810 and 1898 and flamenco music went back to what it was before. So with this new album, Colombiana, NIÑO DE ELCHE is trying to continue that relationship that was so fluid, so fruitful, so flourishing. Although it is not about archaeology this time, it is rather an anticipation. Here you can see the flamenco that is coming. The flamenco from the future is around the corner.

 

Niño de Elche

Niño de Elche is a cantaor, a singer of flamenco, but not as we know it. He is a multi-disciplinary artist and contemporary deconstructionist who combines flamenco singing and toque with performance art, poetry, improvisation, minimalism, singer-songwriting, rock and electronics.