Does spanish music solely consist of flamenco?…
… No, it certainly doesn’t!
And, on this page, you’ll discover interesting information about the awesome variety of music and dance you can find in Spain, plus several super links to pages that deal, not only with music and flamenco, but also Spanish poems and lyrics.
But, shall we start by looking at the differing types of traditional music and dance?…
The most well-known of all Spain’s music and dance styles is, of course, flamenco.
other regional styles
Whilst on your travels throughout Spain, you’re sure to discover that each region has its own particular folkloric music and dance.
Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria – nestling in Spain’s north-west – are renowned for traditional bagpipe music.
The muñeira or miller’s dance (originating from the word molino or windmill) is traditional to this area – danced singly or in pairs, it’s accompanied by haunting bagpipes, drum and tambourine.
The most popular Spanish music of the Basque Country is called after the dance txistu – based on tambourine and accordian.
La Sardana is the folkloric spanish music and dance of Cataluña – danced in a closed circle by several couples, with hands joined.
The jota is another traditional dance from the north of Spain – in particular, Aragón.
The couple dances to a series of chord and percussion instruments with their hands held high above their heads, playing the castanets.
This is also much-danced in Castile, Madrid and Leon – but usually in a slower form and with different instrumentation.
Navarre and La Rioja have their forms of the jota dance as well – and so does Valencia.
The zarzuela is popular all over Spain.
It’s a dramatic mixture of singing and spoken parts – with dance – and originates from the seventeenth century.
Its name derives from a hunting lodge – the Palacio de la Zarzuela – near Madrid, where it was first performed before the Spanish Royal Court.
|Flamenco Dance in Spain
Don’t you just love Spain’s passionate flamenco dance and music? Learn more about it here … and watch the amazing Joaquin Cortés dancing.
|Spanish Reggae Music
Spanish reggae music is tremendously popular worldwide. You can discover all about its origins here, and listen to Don Omar’s Pobre Diabla.
|Spanish Reggae Lyrics
Now you know all about Spanish reggae, check out the lyrics to Gasolina by Daddy Yankee, and hear him sing it.
|Spanish Lyrics to Guantanamera
What are the lyrics to Guantanamera, and what do they mean? Find out on this page.
|Spanish Lyrics to La Bamba
And, here, you’ll discover the lyrics to “La Bamba” and can listen to Ritchie Valens singing it – why not join in?
|Spanish Happy Birthday Lyrics
In Spain, we have two popular birthday songs. The lyrics to both are on this page – plus video clips with them being sung.
|Spanish National Anthem
What makes the Spanish National Anthem unique? And, is this about to change? Find out on this page!
|Spanish Christian Lyrics, Page 1
One of our most popular Spanish music pages is this one, containing Spanish lyrics to popular Christian songs.
|Spanish Christian Lyrics, Page 2
And, you’ll discover even more Spanish music Christian lyrics here.
|Download 100 Spanish Christian Lyrics
Do you attend a Church with a Spanish-speaking congregation, or are you doing missionary work in a Spanish-speaking country? You’ll find this e-book particularly useful.
|Romantic Spanish Poems
Here are some romantic Spanish poems – ideal for writing on an attractive card and sending to your loved one.
|Spanish Love Poems
Yet more romantic Spanish love poems … after all, Spain is all about passion and romance, isn’t it?
|Spanish Friendship Poems
And here are Spanish poems suitable for sending to friends.
|Spanish Mothers Day Poems
Do you have a Spanish-speaking mother? Send her one of these poems on Mother’s Day.
|Spanish Fathers Day Poems
Or, perhaps you have a Spanish-speaking father? He’ll really appreciate one of these poems.
|Spanish Poems to Grandmothers
Aren’t grandmothers wonderful? Tell her how much you love and appreciate her with one of these poems.