El Puchero del Hortelano
Andalusian band El Puchero del Hortelano (the farmer’s stew pot) belongs to the new generation of mestizo groups that has been developing throughout Spain. The group was formed by music students at the University of Granada. The group attracted the attention of music fans and critics and went on to win several regional contests.
On their latest CD, Harumaki, El Puchero del Hortelano’s sound is clearly rooted in Flamenco and Andalusia folk, although you can also find elements of rock, American folk, rapping, ska, Balkan fiddle and jazz.
The lyrics are fun and irreverent, but at the same time full social criticism. The music includes Flamenco styles such as alegrias and gypsy rumbas as well the popular dance known as sevillanas, which is usually danced during the Sevilla and Jerez fairs.
This cooking pot is making a very tasty Flamenco stew.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.