Andalusian primitive song with a transcendence in the intellectual life of the last century that was surrounded and supported by such important personalities as Federico García Lorca, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Joaquín Turina, Fernando de los Ríos or Ramón Pérez de Ayala, among many other great intellectuals, who have gone down in history for their priceless contribution to Spanish culture.
A century after this cultural initiative that has marked the evolution of flamenco over the last 100 years, Granada is once again organising this event, which was held in the Plaza de los Aljibes in the Alhambra and was the first flamenco singing event to be held on a national level.
Images of the Cante Jondo Competition in Granada
This event was so important that it not only promoted the social and cultural life of the capital, but also brought to light this art form, basically reduced to the taverns and the night, to turn flamenco and its singing into an authentic symbol of Spanish culture.
Likewise, this Contest of Cante Jondo, was a voice raised against the danger of disappearance that was predicted to the flamenco repertoire, and that was intended to achieve the preservation of the pure primitive songs as a source for an innovative creation, in addition to serving as a source and reference in the celebration of subsequent festivals related to this art of flamenco.
This event was attended by the most outstanding flamenco figures of the time, who enhanced the event with performances outside the competition, such as Pastora Pavón "La Niña de los Peines" and Antonio Chacón, who also participated as a jury member in the festival. Also in those days, there was the presence and guitar playing of Ramón Montoya or the magnificent dancing of "Macarrona", among many others...
It is important to know that in that Plaza de los Aljibes, the world saw with its eyes, from the city of the Alhambra, the participation of artists who would later become renowned in flamenco culture, such as La Gazpacha, Manolo Caracol, Manolo Torres or Diego Bermúdez "El tenazas". The latter won the highest award and became the undisputed winner of the Cante Jondo Contest.