A Traditional Flamenco Holiday Celebration
From Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Jose Gálvez “El Duende”
María “Chacha” Bermúdez
Antonio de Jerez
and Luis de la Tota
Show starts at 6pm!
Come early for Paella Party on the Patio at 5pm!
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.