The Spanish Embassy in collaboration with the Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah arranged for popular Spanish vocalists Curro Piñana and his brother, Jose Piñana to headline a Spanish Flamenco concert at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on 6 December.
Two Kuwaiti artists, guitarist Hassan Joma'a and box (cajon) tapper Abdullah Al-Ahmadi lend their talents in support of the two Spanish brothers during the concert. The embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, Alberto Ucelay introduced the musicians and explained the origins, importance and influence of flamenco music in the world of music. Ambassador of Spain H.E. Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and the Ambassadors of Argentina, Hungary, and Peru were among the large crowd of flamenco aficionados present at the concert.
The Spanish duo also held a workshop on flamenco singing at the embassy premises on 5 December, which was attended by an enthusiastic group of young adults eager to know more about this traditional music form. The brothers demonstrated various techniques in singing the different styles of flamenco songs.
Curro Piñana has music in his blood, coming from a family immersed in flamenco music; he blossomed under the tutelage of his musician grandfather, Antonio Piñana Senior. He has won numerous distinguished awards for his performances, his most famous honor being the Mining Lamp trophy in the XXXVIII International Festival of Cante de Las Minas in 1998. Aside from his award winning performances, he has released seven albums, and has written the lyrics for some of the songs himself.
His main influence for his music renderings continues to be old flamenco songs, but the vocalist has mentioned that some songs and vocals were influenced by Arabic culture and heritage in Andalusia. His first album in 1998 contains music composed from poems by Andalusian scholar and poet Ibn Al Arabi that were translated into Spanish.
Photos by Riyas Moodadi (Staff Photographer) and Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah