Flamenco House Music (Nu-Disco)
Flamenco House music is a relatively new form of music that combines elements of Flamenco Music with that of House Music
Flamenco House Music (Nu-Disco) is a genre of electronica derived from house music that has been developed by Australian Flamenco Guitarist Mike Rizk
It contains traditional elements of Flamenco pop music as popularized by groups such as Gypsy Kings with a dose of House Musics Nu-Disco added which as a result creates an electronic Flamenco feel
Flamenco Nu-Disco attempts to maintain the richness of Flamenco rhythms where currently other styles of house seem to only contain elements of flamenco lead guitar.
Although derived from Flamenco House Music, Flamenco Nu-Disco still has its roots embedded with traditional Flamenco pop using a combination of Flamenco rhythm and lead with elements of Nu-Disco added
Flamenco Nu-Disco along with the Flamenco House genre is the modernization of Flamenco pop using electronica as played by Gypsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert to name a few
This idea of incorporating Nu-Disco was derived through my love of Flamenco and House Music and what seems to be a lack of options for this style of music
Therefore with over 20 years of Flamenco mastery I thought it was about time to combine the two to create and expand on this relatively new genre
As this genre is still relatively new at the time of writing this article I’ll expect it to evolve using other forms of electronica and perhaps contribute to the modernization of Flamenco pop.
It will never be able to replace traditional Flamenco guitar and why should it
Flamenco (Spanish pronunciation: [flaˈmeŋko]), in its strictest sense, is an art form based on the various folkloric music traditions of southern Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia and Murcia. In a wider sense, the term is used to refer to a variety of Spanish musical styles. The oldest record of flamenco music dates to 1774 in the book Las Cartas Marruecas by José Cadalso (Akombo 2016, 240–241). Flamenco has been influenced by and associated with the Romani people in Spain; however, its origin and style are uniquely Andalusian (Hayes 2009, 31–37) and Flamenco artists have historically included Spaniards of both Romani and Non-Romani heritage.
Manuel Ríos Ruiz notes that the development of flamenco is well documented: “the theatre movement of sainetes (one-act plays) and tonadillas, popular song books and song sheets, customs, studies of dances, and toques, perfection, newspapers, graphic documents in paintings and engravings….in continuous evolution together with rhythm, the poetic stanzas, and the ambiance” (Ríos Ruiz 1997,[page needed]).
Nevertheless, the exact origin of flamenco is unknown and the subject of many hypotheses. The most widespread is that flamenco was developed through the cross-cultural interchange between moriscos and gitanos (Romani people of Spain) during the sixteenth century specifically in East Andalusia (Machin-Autenrieth 2015, 29); the Diccionario de la lengua española (Dictionary of the Spanish Language) primarily attributes the creation of the style directly to the Spanish Romani (Real Academia Española 2019, sense 4).
House is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and a tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. It was created by DJs and music producers from Chicago’s underground club culture in the 1980s, as DJs from the subculture began altering disco songs to give them a more mechanical beat and deeper basslines.
The genre was pioneered by DJs and producers mainly from Chicago and New York such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Jesse Saunders, Chip E., Steve “Silk” Hurley, Mr. Lee, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Marshall Jefferson, Phuture and others. From its beginnings in the Chicago club and local radio scene, the genre expanded internationally to London, then to other American cities such as New York City and Detroit before becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
House has had a large impact on pop music, especially dance music. It was incorporated by major pop artists including Janet Jackson, Madonna and Kylie Minogue, but also produced some mainstream hits on its own, such as “French Kiss” by Lil Louis (1989), “Show Me Love” by Robin S. (1992) or “Push the Feeling On” by Nightcrawlers (1992/1995). Many house producers also did and continue to do remixes for pop artists. Until today, house music has remained popular on radio and in clubs while retaining a foothold on the underground scenes across the globe.