Rich, diverse and interesting is the history of Spanish music. Various cultural trends such as the bagpipe-based music of the northwest, the jota of the north and central, and the flamenco from the southern regions as well as centuries of uninterrupted Roman influence contributed greatly to the rich diversity observed in Spanish music. Although commercial pop music now dominates the industry, the expansiveness of melodic development can be found in music composers like Tomás Luis de Victoria, the zarzuela style of Spanish musical show, Manuel de Falla’s ballet, and Francisco Tárrega’s guitar music.
Spain has several venues where music is played. Some of the best concert venues are discussed here. Depending what area of Spain you happen to be visiting, you can catch a live music concert or some Spanish flamenco music. The hour long Spanish Guitar Concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona is definitely one of the best concerts to attend in Spain. Not only is the music fantastic but the architecture in the concert hall is so impressive that it has been named a UNESCO world heritage site.
There are some amazing Spanish singers who are around today. Some of these singers have made a noticeable impact internationally. Not all singers who sing in Spanish are from Spain. Enrique Martín Morales, better known as Ricky Martin has made a very big impact in America. He actually started his career as a child in a boy pop group called Menudo. After this time he went solo and produced albums singing in Spanish. He comes from Puerto Rico and has also made a big impact singing in English as well as Spanish.
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It’s a universal truth that music can speak to people despite language barriers because at the end of the day even though lyrics are critical to good songs, without a rhythm or beat that is relatable it’s all over! Every culture and even era has its own brand of popular music but it’s often in the somewhat alternative, less commercial realms of the indie music scene that you can find some awesome sounds and talent. The Spanish music culture is diverse and stretches back in its eventful history to encompass many styles and genres of music. Some of these have influenced musicians today and helped them to create their own unique sound.
Unlike many European countries where the dominant language of the pop-culture is English, Spanish charts are typically dominated by Spanish-speaking artists singing in their native language. The Spanish appreciation for popular music also reflects great diversity of age, with artists with a long history of success featuring in the charts alongside youngsters who have just hit the music scene. Malu, daughter of flamenco singer Pepe de Lucia, first started singing professionally at the age of 15 and has been a fan favourite ever since.