La Música Flamenca: El Cante, El Baile y El Toque
Flamenco music consists of three parts.
Los tres elementos fundamentales son:
The three parts are:
1. el cante: the singing. This is done in the andaluz style with great emotion. The singer is called el cantaor or la cantaora.
2. el baile: the dancing. The dancer is known as el bailaor or la bailaora. Usually the dancer begins in a very still manner: first becoming accustomed to the atmosphere and rhythm of the music then bursting into a dance of drama and passion. Female dancers traditionally wear a long dress with a long, frilly train called una bata de cola. Often they will dance with castañuelas in their hands.
3. el toque: the playing of music. This can be by playing la guitarra, clapping palms of hands (las palmas), beating a box-shaped drum (el cajón) and tapping heels (los taconazos.) A flamenco musician is known as el tocaor or la tocaora.