The Zambra, Tourism and Discourses of Authenticity in Granada’s Flamenco Scene

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Abstract

The zambra is a genre and context of flamenco unique to the Gitano (Gypsy) neighbourhood of Sacromonte (Granada), which throughout its historical development has been closely intertwined with tourism. Framed by recent musical and social change in the zambra, this article examines debates regarding tourism, authenticity, and local heritage in Sacromonte. Previous research has focused on the economic and institutional dimensions of flamenco tourism with little consideration of local discourses. This article interrogates a static notion of “staged authenticity,” instead focusing on the dynamic and contested relationship between music and tourism in the context of local musical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-179
Number of pages23
JournalMUSICultures
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date21 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2017

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