By: Lachin Rezaian

Flamenco giant 'Duquende' gets terrific applause at Fajr Music Fest.

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TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) – On Tuesday, the 32nd Fajr International Music Festival hosted a Spanish Flamenco group starring Duquende, one of the most valued Flamenco singers, Diego Del Morao, one of the guitarists on the national scene of the moment and Israel Suarez, known as El Piraña, one of the best percussionists in the world.

The group displayed a great performance warmly welcomed and terrificly applauded by the audience.

Some of the audience cheered in Spanish that impressed the group and they extended their gratitude continuously after each piece they performed.

Flamenco is a folk art and culture from Spain. It is particular to the province of Andalusia in Spain. Historically, it has always been the musical outlet of the poor and the oppressed. It passed on by oral tradition, which the individual artist uses as the basis for his own variations.

Flamenco combines singing with dance and the guitar simultaneously - as well as rhythmic punctuation (by handclaps and other methods) that is considered an art form.

During his performance, Duquende involved hand clapping as the spice of his songs and the rhythmic sound bestowed interesting sense to his performance. He was singing in a certain style, loud, impressive, countertenor and baritone, using a lot of energy to be special enough for the audience.

Since 1992, Duquende has started a brilliant career which has led him to perform in major Spanish theaters and auditoriums, as well as in stages around the world.

Spanish flamenco singer, considered one of the all-time greatest flamenco singers, Camarón de la Isla, invited Duquende when he was only 8, to debut on stage accompanying himself on the guitar. His performance had such an impact that he was continuously invited by the promoters and record companies, but his parents opposed the idea that he dedicates himself professionally to music at such a young age.

The other member of the group, Diego Del Morao, is one of the most prominent guitarists on today’s flamenco scene. Son of the legendary guitarist Moraíto, who along with family patriarch Manuel Morao, developed the signature sound of traditional Jerez-style flamenco guitar, Del Morao took that family legacy into the 21st century.

He excellently played at Fajr Festival, delighting the audience with his astonishing performance. He used push-pegs for tuning his flamenco guitar which gave a new spice to each of his tracks.

Iranian audience could not stop clapping for him after his dramatic performance, making him so impressed that he told people in gibberish English that he is very happy to visit the country that loves Spanish music.

And the third member, Israel Suarez, known as El Piraña, is one of the most in-demand flamenco percussionists and drummers in the world. His performance was surprising for the Iranian audience, using a cajón, a box-shaped percussion instrument, known as flamenco box.

The performance of the Spanish group in Iran, like the Gypsies who delighted Iranian people some months ago, undoubtedly is one of the most important experiences in their professional life.

Vahdat Hall was full of audience cries of praise; the group received such a warm reception that after the end of the program, cries of "Otra" brought them to the stage again and they performed another piece with further enthusiasm.

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