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La Argentinita & F.G. Lorca: “Anda jaleo”

Today we fly back to almost one century ago (1931) when the renowned poet Federico García Lorca, together with his friend Encarnación López Júlvez, artistically known as “La Argentinita”, released this selection of popular and traditional Spanish music. In this work, Lorca played the piano while La Argentinita sang, showing their deep appreciation for Spain’s cultural heritage. The duo’s performances breathed life into the raw emotions and narratives embedded in these melodies, creating a captivating synergy of music, dance, and poetry. We selected “Anda, Jaleo”, which is an exclamation that encapsulates uproar or excitement, rooted in flamenco traditions.

Federico García Lorca’s story is one of artistic brilliance, cultural exploration, and tragic loss. Born in 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros (Granada), Lorca’s extraordinary talent as a poet, playwright, and artist blossomed amidst the backdrop of a changing society. His works, deeply influenced by Spanish folklore, Gypsy culture, and surrealism, displayed an innovative fusion of traditional and modern themes. However, Lorca’s life was tragically cut short during the Spanish Civil War when he was executed in 1936 by the rebel, fascist side due to his political beliefs and sexual orientation. His legacy endures through his evocative poetry and plays, which continue to resonate with audiences worldwide, capturing the essence of Spain’s soul and the profound struggles of humanity.