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Flamenco Holiday Celebration at Kuumbwa: ZAMBOMBA GITANA!


Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Santa Cruz, CA

Flamenco Holiday Celebration at Kuumbwa: ZAMBOMBA GITANA!

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Bay Area Flamenco Festival presents

A Traditional Flamenco Holiday Celebration

From Jerez de la Frontera, Spain


  1. Jose Gálvez “El Duende”

  2. “El Pele”

  3. María “Chacha” Bermúdez 

  4. Antonio de Jerez

  5. Kina Méndez

  6. Angelita Agujetas 

  7. and Luis de la Tota

    Show starts at 6pm!  

    Come early for Paella Party on the Patio at 5pm!

The Zambomba Gitana de Jerez is a flamenco version of an Andalusian holiday celebration where friends, family and neighbors gather, to dance and sing all night long while sharing wine, anisette and holiday sweets. The traditional villancico holiday carols are adapted to flamenco forms,
especially bulerias which epitomizes the town's unique and world-renowned brand of flamenco.



In Jerez the Zambombas are unmistakably flamenco, yet they are significantly different from other flamenco fiestas. There is an important element of participation in a Zambomba, where everyone sings or plays an instrument and most songs have choruses which are sung by everyone.


The Zambomba celebration takes the name of a unique instrument which is only played during the festivities: a clay vessel with a wide opening covered with thin material in the center of which a long cane is secured.  A deep sound is produced when

the cane is rubbed with the hand.  






Traditionally the Zambomba is held outdoors, often in a plaza around a small bonfire in a metal barrel. The whole community gathers and forms a chorus to sing and dance all night long while sharing wine, anisette and holiday sweets.


Now-a-days it is common for flamenco peñas and/or families to present a Zambomba on stage during the holidays. These performances strive to maintain the same feel as the more informal outdoor events: both professionals and amateur community members participate singing flamenco-style villancicos and taking turns dancing bulerias.


We are excited to present an authentic Zambomba here at the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz and look forward to hosting these wonderful artists, representing the Gypsy flamenco community of Jerez de la Frontera.
Artistic Director Nina Menendez explains: “These artists are bringing the Gitano essence of flamenco into the 21st century. They have an ease for improvisation that comes from living the art as part of everyday life and are able to express a full range of genuine emotion with unique personal style. No choreography is required, only an intimate connection among the dancers and musicians who interact freely on the basis of a shared legacy and an insatiable hunger to find the spark of duende that transforms the mundane into the sublime.”

Have questions about Flamenco Holiday Celebration at Kuumbwa: ZAMBOMBA GITANA!? Contact BAY AREA FLAMENCO

When & Where

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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Founded in 2005, the BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL presents world-class artists from Spain in live performances, workshops and other gatherings that provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment. Artistic Director Nina Menéndez’s unique curatorial vision distinguishes the work of Bay Area Flamenco and its particular focus on grassroots flamenco from the Gypsy communities of Spain. The Festival has presented some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies from today’s generation of artists. 
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