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'Almoraima' (Bulerías) by Paco de Lucía / Track of the Day
We’re shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Paco de Lucía, the legendary flamenco guitarist.
Above: Watch Paco perform Almoraima, the title track from his seminal 1976 album.
(NB - the track is incorrectly titled “Entre Dos Aguas” in the video)
I saw a bird fly backwards today. Except that wasn’t it’s intention. Today was stormy; wet, cold, windy, the whole package. I was walking home and, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it. It was about the size of my hand, flapping it’s wings as hard as it could….and steadily moving the opposite direction.The wind was pushing it back as if it weighed nothing. I had to stop and stare.
That was easily the most memorable part of my day. But just to show I do have feelings: Dear Bird - I hope you got to wherever you were trying to get.
Paco de Lucia y Camaron de la Isla - Bulerias
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We’re getting word that Paco de Lucia has died at age 66. Here’s a profile on the Spanish guitarist from 2004 by Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras.
Pace de Lucia always had a fierce allegiance to tradition and strong appreciation for contemporary genres, but, as he told Contreras, “I’ve always been careful that [my music] doesn’t lose the essence and the roots and the tradition that is flamenco.”