What is the Flamenco Fandango?

Compared to other toques, flamenco fandangos have a shorter rhythmic cycle that may feel more familiar to musicians trained in classical or other Western music styles. Fandangos are an early form of flamenco music, influenced from Arab-Moorish music and Portuguese fado music. Flamenco Fandangos are generally festive and upbeat.

Fandangos have a 3/4 rhythm (previously 6/8, now 3/4 or 3/8), with an accent on the first beat. Most Fandangos are very metric and appropriate for dance. A common compás that can be felt is made up of 12 beats (2x6). However, others may have more of a free-form feeling (known as en toque libre or “very freely”).

There’s also a variety of regional Fandangos, known as fandangos locales, each with their own style and character. There are many regional sub-styles that could fall into this categorization, but the most prominent are Fandangos de Huelva, Fandangos de Málaga, Fandangos de Granada, Fandangos de Almería, Fandangos de Cadíz, and Fandangos de Córdoba.

Flamenco Fandangos Examples and Links

Below are some of my favorite exemplary Fandangos. For more examples, I recommend you check out this page on flamencopolis.

Sabicas – Fandango “Por los Olivares”
Paco Peña – Fandangos de Huelva
Manolo Sanlúcar and Manuel Agujetas – Fandangos
Paco de Lucía – Fandangos de Huelva “Aires Choqueros”
Tomatito and Camarón – Fandangos