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Songs sung to heaven

Notes sur les saetas gitanes d'Andalousie

Reference

1135

Duration

00:44:00

Production year

2003

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4/3
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Sound

Summary

In Jerez de la Frontera in southern Andalusia, the gypsies pay homage to Christ and the Virgin Mary by offering them saetas, sacred songs performed during the processions on the days of Holy Week.

These songs form the subject of little contests between neighborhoods linked in a flamenco circle. These contests provide a special occasion for observing the rivalry between Gypsies and "Payos."

Various performers of saetas explain their meaning and vocal technique. These are sung prayers, cries of pain, psalms of praise, long laments which they direct at the effigies of Christ and the Virgin during the processions.

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