Spain: Paquera de Jerez p.s.

15 Aug

Readers and friends and acquaintances all know how irritated I can get by the romanticizing of Muslim Spain and its Moorish heritage — by the romanticizing of Islam’s tolerance and cosmopolitanism generally and its role in preserving classical Mediterranean culture* for the still adolescent West, blah, blah — but I’ll be damned if she doesn’t sound like a Quran recitation or a muezzin and especially a qawwali singer at certain moments. And this is “bulerías” too, considered one of the “lighter” palos or genres of flamenco

  • Yes, in Baghdad and Palermo and Córdoba…and in a dinky little provincial town called Constantinople.


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