Flamenco Ole meaning

The most used expression in Tablao shows

In all flamenco shows in Madrid, you hear, sooner or later, the word «Ole» by a spontaneous person who says it out loud. This is how we express our feeling towards the art or the artist. At the Tablao flamenco and my online flamenco concerts, everyone wants to add something else to the art form so that flamenco artists can be motivated.

Since online flamenco events have become more prevalent in recent years, you can get your tickets online and watch the performance from home before you travel to Spain; live concerts have been supported with this expression from all over. Traditional arts have a massive legacy behind their backs.

The sacred component of Flamenco is so enormous that its two most important words are ay, which represents pain, and olé, which means Alá (al-lāh), God in Arabic (it is not the God of the Arabs). In Andalusia, it was pronounced with imela (a phonetic phenomenon that has to pronounce the «a» as an «e»).

Olé is consequently the appearance of a communication with a higher consciousness called, in the Middle Ages, «the center of the Universe,” It is the moment when the magic of music becomes real. Imela is a phonetic phenomenon that tends to pronounce “a” as an “e.”

It was characteristic of the dialect spoken in the peninsula during the Late Middle Ages, the Algarabía, a mixture of vulgar Latin and Arabic. It was the idiom of the western White Sea («الغرب- algharb» means west in Arabic, like Algarve in Portugal).

«Ay» is another component that has been orally transmitted generation after generation. Some of the lyrics and prayers that have been sent are already lost over the years. Still, in the case of this sacred component, this shout that comes before we can speak, this primitive way of expressing it, has been treated and polished like a diamond that contains all the vast trauma experienced by a people that does not want to forget so that the listener can remember the meaning of this genre.

The opening of most flamenco songs has remained in time and is still sung. This quality is only comparable to the mystical music of the Sufis of Pakistan, with flamenco having a difference from this music, the influence of the African rhythm, the Asian melody attracted by the Sephardic community, and the European harmony of Johann Sebastian Bach, making this music a unique genre on the planet.

In flamenco guitar and flamenco dancing, Madrid has become as significant as any other city in Andalucia. You are invited to say “Ole” at my online flamenco events; here you have a selection: https://www.flamencocomposer.com/flamenco-shows.


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