Find my Andalusian playlist on Spotify, press play, and close your eyes to take your mind on a trip across this inspirational land.
But don’t expect to hear any Gipsy Kings or Reggaeton! On my playlist, you’ll find some of the great Andalusian composers, singer songwriters and performers, admired not only across Spain, but also extremely well-respected internationally.
Stay tuned as I update the playlist with more artists and songs.
The rhythm of Flamenco interpreted by a mural in the centre of Málaga near to the Picasso Museum.
Who is … ?
Vicente Amigo: Considered one of Flamenco’s greatest contemporary composers and guitarists, he grew up in Cordoba, and paid homage to the city in his album entitled ‘Ciudad de las Ideas’, meaning ‘City of Ideas’.
Paco de Lucia: If you know anything at all about Flamenco, you will already have heard this name. Largely known as the greatest Flamenco guitarist of all time, it is mostly thanks to him that the world over knows the distinctive sounds of Flamenco.
Estrella Morente: Originally from Granada, she has one of the most celebrated voices on the contemporary Flamenco seen. If you have seen Pedro Almodóvar’s film ‘Volver’, hers is the title track of the same name.
Pablo López: Discovered on the television show ‘Operación Triunfo’, the Spanish version of ‘Fame Academy’ in the UK, he is one of the leading exponents of the latest generation of Spanish singer songwriters. He is currently a jury member of ‘La Voz’, the Spanish version of the TV singing competition ‘The Voice’.
David Bisbal: Once again discovered on the show ‘Operación Triunfo’, he is one of the biggest selling artists in Spain and South America. His song ‘Todo es Posible’, ‘Everything is possible’, features in the animated film ‘Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas’, which is partly set in the city of Granada.
Manuel Carrasco: Here’s another artist discovered through the show ‘Operación Triunfo’. He has participated in a number of other TV shows as a jury member.
Pastora Soler: Representative for Spain in Eurovision 2012 with her song ‘Quédate Conmigo’, ‘Stay with me’, she has a varied musical style that fluctuates between modern Flamenco and Pop.
Not born in Andalusia, but born of Andalusian parents:
Malú: Niece of the acclaimed guitarist Paco de Lucia, she is one of the most well-respected artists of the Spanish contemporary scene.
Alejandro Sanz: The Spanish singer songwriter par excellence, he’s a bit like the UK’s Gary Barlow, or Canada’s Bryan Adams. He achieved instant international fame through his collaboration with Shakira on the song ‘La Tortura’.
Did you know that … ?
Los Del Rio: The original Latin pop duo responsible for the dance hit ‘La Macarena’ hailed from the Andalusian city of Seville.
If you know of any other Andalusian artists you think deserve a mention, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I’ll be happy to add them to my playlist.